Required Reading Book In The 1950s? [Pic]

Submitted by: cheeseispunk 6 years ago in Weird

Not that much sensitivity during the "50s, was there...
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Female 37
Their faces frighten me
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Male 1,360
is that chris chan?
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Male 2,159
Oh, readers ofCracked.com can do better than that...
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Male 230
What is wrong with this? Retarded was a valid medical term just like "mentally handicapped".
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Male 17
God bless America.
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Male 1,357
lmao. retarded. from the french to mean late, or slow or something
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Male 11
Isn`t that a little politically incorrect?"
"I know but I love working with the little f`ers. We got this one kid, Mongo, forehead like a movie screen."
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Male 1,557
Retarded was the word they used back in the day for "special" or "learning difficulties", only now is it seen as an insult.
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Male 25,416
lolz!
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Female 682
its a legitimate term....technically pc.
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Male 3,915
my brother is severely mentally handicapped...he can`t even talk at all and he`s going on 20....

but i just call him retarded...it really isn`t that big of a deal...it`s just a word of description....

if i was bringing someone to my house i wouldn`t just say "try to ignore my brother"...i would say "try to ignore my brother...he`s retarded"...and they would instantly be like "OH....okay....."
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Male 950
Well at least the kid`s got a girlfriend.
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Male 6,693
And written by a Pollock. GEt it. Pollock. Another 50s joke. Any who.
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Male 155
one of the retards in my 6th grade class would frequently undress himself and attack people on the playground... he had to be transferred
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Male 2,516
retards complaining about the term should shut up
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Female 331
I work in a treatment facility run by OMRDD--The Office for Mental Retardation and Developmental Disability. It has become taboo to refer to people as "retarded" or "retards," because these guys simply don`t want to be known by their diagnosis. (Especially when most people use it as an insult.) However, there is no other term for the actual medical diagnosis of "Mental Retardation" or "MR." The term "retarded" is correct, but these days just not socially acceptable. :/
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Male 4,593
Dee dee dee
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Male 703
question time - how many iab users are white European descended? Ima guess more than 50%. And how many would be offended by being called "whitey", "cracker", "round-eye", "pale-face"? Again, I`ll guess not many (depending on connotations, ie someone calling you round-eye while waving a katana in your face, sh.it`s about to get real)
The point is... fu/ck, what was the point? We should call each other whatever the hell we want. Yeah, that`ll do for a point.
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Male 3,369
Old Ollie, that`s a myth perpetuated by right-wing media, but two can play at that game if you`d like. "Libertarians" are simply conservatives who finally woke up and realized that conservatives were overly authoritarian.
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Female 1,077
@ LandoGriffin

I HAVE BEEN SAYING THAT FOR YEARS. I don`t get people AT ALL.
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Female 512
Awww...obviously it`s the companion volume to this wee library gem
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Male 840
I just noticed that the author`s name is Pollock. That must have been a big joke by itself in the 1950s. They aren`t common anymore, but Polish jokes used to be called Pollock jokes. This was way before there were `blonde` jokes.
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Male 1,834
lol?
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Male 416
If I were to inform you that `political correctness` is actually an old Nazi concept, that of `gleichschaltung` (to force all to conform in words and deeds to the `official` viewpoint), would that help to wean you off the false notion of PC as commendable `sensitivity` and help you
to realise that PC is intended, not only to silence discussion, debate and criticism but, ultimately, to control the way your mind will think?
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Male 3,842
I don`t get this. There is nothing wrong or unusual with the word "retarded" - it means slow development, defined as an IQ below 70.
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Male 213
A retard is a retard. Nothing wrong with that. No reason to beat around the God-dmnd bush all the time.
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Male 1,111
OldOllie is too old to understand he has it backwards.

Go back to the home grandpa I hear they are having jello tonight.
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Male 1,625
Ollie: Stop being retarded.
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Male 15,832
jtrebowski, it`s liberals who are ashamed to call themselves liberals. Now they want to be called "progressives" or worse, they claim to be "moderates." They forget that they became liberals when the term "progressive" became a disgrace. Conservatives, on the other hand, are proud to call themselves conservatives.

I`m actually a libertarian, but I respect conservatives a lot more than I do liberals. They`re honest about who they are, and they`re capable of carrying on an intellectually honest debate over the issues on which we disagree. Liberals just fling poo and deny that they`re liberals.
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Female 196
You`re all ALL wrong...it`s "abnormally brained".

Heh, I like that. I think I`ll start using it--see if it catches on.
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Female 160
Why should they worry about it? If they team up, they can totes crush that house! Handicapped Godzilla kids, anyone?
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Female 13
I was under the impression the term was "developmentally delayed"
Not disabled because it emphasizes inabilities rather than abilities they do have.
Not handicapped because the term dates back to Elizabethan Poor Laws which stated that a person with a physical/mental/cognitive issue was allowed to beg with their CAP in their HAND
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Male 133
Actually it`s developmentally disabled =)
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Male 1,625
Jtreb: I can see your point. But medical terminology or not, it really boils down to respect. And saying a situation or describing a non MR persons behavior as "Retarded" is different than calling someone with a disability a "retard".
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Female 10
You`re all wrong, now it`s intellectually disabled.
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Female 173
Why do the boy and girl have practically the same face?
This scares me.
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Male 39,880
in the 70`s we called them "God`s Special Children"
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Male 769
they`re not handicapped - they`re handicapable.
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Male 251
@jtrebowski

Ba-dum KSSSH
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Female 612
Well, in a few years "mentally handicapped" will suddenly become an insult and the powers of Political Correctness will have to think of something even MORE PC. It`s just a word, people.
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Female 531
no no phoneybone
now they`re Mentally Handicapped
xD
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Male 4,793
Well that is just retarded.
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Male 1,744
It`s not insensitive to call them retarded because they ARE retarded. Look up the word in the dictionary, it`s spot on.
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Male 417
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Male 3,369
Old Ollie said: "Whatever word is used to describe people with low congnitive abilities, it will eventually become an insult, so they will continually have to come up with new words."

Guess we better come up with a new word for "Conservative".
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Male 3,369
@ElMustache: Don`t you have it backwards? When used to desribe someone who actually IS mentally challenged, that not meant to be offensive. It`s a medical term. When it`s being used "not at the expense of a person with a disability", they`re are actually being MORE insesitive to MR people. If my child was MR, and referred to him/her as such, that`s not insensitive, but if I call you retarded, it is, don`t you think?
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Male 15,832
The word "retarded" came into fashion when other descriptive words such as "idiot," "imbecile," and "moron" came to be use as insults. When "retarded" became an insult, they came up with other words -- "mentally handicapped," "developmentally disabled," etc.

Whatever word is used to describe people with low congnitive abilities, it will eventually become an insult, so they will continually have to come up with new words.
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Male 3,369
Cartunez said: "BruceLeroy, you got it right. Sometime down the road, it will be politically incorrect to call someone "special". I already use "special" in a derogatory manner."

LOL!! Yup, many of us use "Republican" or "Conservative" in a derogatory manner. It won`t be long before they start insisting on a more "PC" term themselves! Even Sarah Palin has shown her embrace of PC terms.
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Male 1,625
I work with developmentally disabled adults. The word "Retarded" is really offensive when aimed at the person with the disability. I personally don`t have a problem with people using the word as long it is not at the expense of someone with a disability. But I don`t speak for everyone. I`m sure it`s much different to a person with a family member who has a developmental disability.
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Male 705
They`re EXCEPTIONAL.
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Male 130
So what word will we have to use then? Something generic and nonthreatening like "different"?
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Male 9,305
After what seems like ages of political correctness wars over what to call these people, we`ve ended up in a final mass confusion due to a new term every five years.

"I really don`t get why people are so sensitive about retarded as an adjective. The only time I say someone is retarded is when they are doing something dumb, i.e. something that a person who is mentally challenged might do. It is quite literal. "

It`s exactly that, because of the negative connotation, and the assumption that the person who uses that term doesn`t think the mentally retarded are capable of doing intelligent things. It`s the same argument as calling something "gay" to mean "that`s stupid".
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Male 234
Actually, "Retarded" is a correct word to use.
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Male 840
BruceLeroy, you got it right. Sometime down the road, it will be politically incorrect to call someone "special". I already use "special" in a derogatory manner.
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Male 243
I got inspired by BruceLeroys comment and googled Idiot, just for funsies, and laughed so hard I almost cryed from this sentence (for those of you who know swedish):

"Vid idiotanstalter bedrevs idiotundervisning. Idiotklassernas elever undervisades av idiotlärarinnor. Den första svenska idiotanstantalten öppnades 1 september 1866 vid Nya Varvet i Göteborg, där tre idioter undervisades av fröken Emanuella Carlbeck."

It´s about the first school for idiots in sweden (in 1866) where three idiots recieved idiot education from the idiot teacher Emanuella Carlbeck.
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Male 759
Yeah well, just tell it like it is.
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Male 123
Virtually all words we use, even the ones that aren`t politically incorrect or sensitive, could just as easily be taken as bad if you are going to take "retarded" as a non-pc word. Where do people think we get the words MORON, IDIOT, DUMB, STUPID from???? These were all at some point serious words for mentally handicapped. Get over it.
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Male 123
I really don`t get why people are so sensitive about retarded as an adjective. The only time I say someone is retarded is when they are doing something dumb, i.e. something that a person who is mentally challenged might do. It is quite literal.
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Male 39,880
"retarded" is still clinically correct.
But not Politically Correct.

Unless you are celebretard and then anything goes.
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Male 8,300
Should be "Required Reading for IAB Members and Irish Moderators"
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Male 15,510
Exceptional children are humans too!
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Male 7,378
"Retarded" is a medical term. It`s not the retarded who complain about it`s use. It`s their parents who can`t believe they`ve produced a retarded kid. Hello Sarah Palin.
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Male 1,116
That was before retarded was a bad word.
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Female 63
excellent
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Male 37
Retarded was a clinical term back then. Now, the world is so worried about being politically correct that mentally ill is not even the correct term.
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Female 2,120
1/2 of ten is five
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Female 68
Reminds me of a set of stamps I have from the 70s
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Female 535
Um, that`s because no one went around saying normal everyday things were `retarded`.
This is not a big deal.
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Male 72
Retarded was actually a NICE thing to say back then.
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Male 4,745
Retarded literally means slowed. It wasn`t wrong to suggest that they were mentally slow or "mentally retarded". The term started to become derogatory when it was used in a mean way.

Just because the "politically correct" reworded it, doesn`t indicate a difference in meaning.
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Male 495
Is this insensitive?
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Male 2,441
Wow.
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Female 380
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