Petition and Poem.

28 Oct

I’ve just signed a petition online, and thought I’d post the link to it on here, in the hope that any of the followers of this blog may sign it too. It is to try and stop the word ‘midget’ being used on Facebook as it is an offensive term. If you could take a minute to sign it, I would really appreciate it:

http://www.change.org/petitions/facebook-prohibit-midget?share_id=haZdgRmFGh&utm_campaign=share_button_mobile&utm_medium=facebook&utm_source=share_petition

I also want to post this poem, which may further highlight the need for offensive terms being used about people with dwarfism to be banned…

Just one woman, diagnosed soon after birth, with a growth disorder, what is she worth?
Being called midget, elf, disabled, short, a freak?
Or to be treated as equal to anyone you might meet?

Yes she is short, she may struggle to walk, doing certain things in life requires a little extra thought,
But more often than not that will not hold her back, until she experiences another verbal attack.

Life presents her with enough little battles without having to suffer ‘behind her back’ cackles,
Thoughtless comments and passing remarks, may seem nothing to you but they break her heart.

She knows that her stature makes her stand out,
She’ll never be able to see above all the crowds,
But having it held against her just should not be allowed.

So just take a minute to think it all through, before you comment; imagine it was you;
Who was born a little different and ‘not quite the same’…
Would you want to be labelled and be called names?

She is just one woman, with huge life ambition,
Just one woman, who gives life her best,
She just happens to have a medical condition,
And deserves to be treated just like all the rest.

x

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6 Responses to “Petition and Poem.”

  1. Sophie October 28, 2013 at 5:23 pm #

    Ruby,
    This is beautiful!

    Lovely poem with beautiful words and it totally is true of you.

    You are a wonderful young woman who is going to have amazing success and I hope the recovery is proving as speedy as you want it to be so you can hurry back to Lufbra for a PhD 🙂

    Keep resting lovely, missing you here xxx

  2. Mary October 28, 2013 at 11:56 pm #

    Lovely poem, but I had to have a little giggle as words mean different things in different countries I am in Australia, and the term Midget is used for little annoying mosquito things. But I do see what you mean.

    • rubysoniaallen October 28, 2013 at 11:58 pm #

      Haha, I wouldn’t mind being called a mosquito! 😉

  3. Mary October 29, 2013 at 12:05 am #

    I didn’t want to make light of it, I do understand what you are saying as I have a nephew who has Down’s syndrome and people called them Mongols it’s horrid and very disrespectful .,

    • rubysoniaallen October 29, 2013 at 12:07 am #

      Oh don’t worry, I laughed at the fact I hadn’t thought about what it might mean elsewhere! 🙂 That’s terrible that anyone with any disability (or without for that matter) should be labelled or called names… I wish everyone saw each other as equals.

  4. hendersonmary October 30, 2013 at 11:36 am #

    Beautiful and well written ruby. May we change the world together, one person at a time! 🙂 xo

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