Today, most people prefer “Little person/ little people” or “Dwarf” to describe themselves and others of smaller size. More often than not, “Little person” or “LP” is the better term for most people. However, many LP (little people) get called the “M” word all the time. People laugh at LP because society has taught them that little people are entertainment. In fact, there are still some LP in the circus and similar industries to make spectacles of themselves. Although the world is slowly realizing that this word is not okay to use, public use of the “M” word, coupled with LP being portrayed poorly in the media, doesn’t help the word loose popularity.
There is one more common occurrence that doesn’t help the matter. Many people who aren’t necessarily lp but who consider themselves short often refer to themselves as the “M” word among friends. This teaches everyone that they’re around that the word is okay to use. Truth is, people who are just a little shorter than normal will have to find a better word for themselves because they shouldn’t keep going around calling themselves or others the “M” word.
The “Give your word to prevent the word” or “M Word” Campaign was started in june of 2013. Its aim is to educate people about the “M” word and why it’s considered derogatory. More information can be found on this subject and on dwarfism throughout this page.
The idea is that by reading this information, people will become better informed on the preferred language in the little people community. Afterall, it’s not about being politically correct, it’s about being respectful of a group’s ideals.
If you have read this information and/or don’t condone the use of the “M” word as it relates to a little person, you are invited to take the “M Word Pledge” Linked to from this webpage. It is hoped that by doing so you will help educate others and share what you learned with others so they can do so too. Education can only come by informing, not forcing the issue, which is why this page has been created, for those who want to be educated. I have learned a lot and no longer approve of this language. How about you? If you’re with me, join our cause. All it takes is a simple sign and share.
October is fast approaching. And what does that mean? Halloween? Fall? Closer to christmas? Well yeah, that’s true, but it’s also… Dwarfism awareness month. More specifically, the 25th of October is world Dwarfism day. So what does all this mean?
It’s quite simple really. Dwarfism awareness month and World dwarfism day were created to raise awareness about and celebrate little people and dwarfism in general. To celebrate, you buy presents for all the fabulous little people in your life… Just kidding. No seriously don’t do that, save it for the holidays.
The truth is that celebrating Dwarfism awareness is about as simple as explaining what it is. You can celebrate by holding events to raise awareness, posting a message about the month of october at work, school, or even online, and telling all your friends about the importance of the month. Include general information about dwarfism and point them to websites where they can learn more. Oh, and ask them to join us in preventing the use of derogatory language towards LP by taking the M-word pledge.
This year I’m also holding a dwarfism awareness fundraiser for LPA, so I encourage taking a look at that page as well. Even if you can’t donate you can share the link so that perhaps others can.
I’m doing my part to raise awareness by holding events at school, posting online, and of course I’ve taken the pledge. What will you do? share your awareness efforts on facebook and twitter and they just might be shared on this page.