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CapriUni BS: The use of 'Crutch' as a pejorative (74* d) RE: BS: The use of 'Crutch' as a pejorative 26 Dec 11


Rap -- this thought just occurred to me today:

How about, instead of saying "So many (temporarily) able-bodied people cling to the idea that 'it can't happen to me' as a crutch," saying they "cling to the idea as a security blanket."?

It's immature, like a security blanket, and they cling to it, as a toddler does, because of fears, and it really is something they should learn to let go of, because it's stinky and ratty, and does nothing that's truly helpful.

Reserve the metaphor of a crutch for a tool that actually helps someone get from point A to point B with dignity.

Guest, 999 --

I doubt anyone seeing a person using crutches would go over and say, "So, you too lazy to walk or what?"

You'd be surprised. Once, an online friend of mine who's young and needs to use a cane to walk was heckled by construction workers, because of course only old people need canes.

And then one of the guys went over and actually kicked the cane out from under her.

(and yes, if I recall correctly, she reported the assault to the police)

So, just because you're sensible, and realize that people who use canes do so because they have a legitimate need, does not mean that this is not an issue for anyone.

(And thanks for reading my blog. Glad you like it. Reminds me that I need to start writing my next entry this week).


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