Desiree from Rigolet Labrador Canada:
My daughter who is now 5 has an undiagnosed form of dwarfism but doctors are leading towards 3-M syndrome. Every time I hear the M word I cringe. I pledge never to use it.
Kassie from Appleton:
For my daughter and our entire little people family!
Ed from Brighton:
I never do. I never will. There are many relatively short people. My mother was only 5 ft., 1 in. tall. She was a giant in my estimation.
Marilyn from Lynchburg va:
Thank you for the information. I never knew that this word was so offensive.
Tonya from Tuscaloosa Al:
Growing up one of my best friends, Tommy G was a dwarf. I was 13 when I met him and I in my ignorance said look at the midget man! He politely, quickly corrected me and although he was older became one of my best friends.
Jim from Nova Scotia:
I have a granddaughter in Alberta that will be a little person when she grows up. She is 11 now and as sharp as a tack and very independent. If she requires help she will ask for it.
Katie from England:
the word is used even to average height people and to me i still find this hurtful and disgraceful.
Clare from Carolina Beach:
I dislike that this word is so commonly used so loosely.
Maggi from Jersey Shore:
Call me Maggi, if you MUST use an “M” word. :)
Norma from Bloomington ca:
I have a beautiful and precious great granddaughter who is a little person ! Until she was born I was not aware that midget was a derogatory word ! I will gladly share this to prevent her and other LPs from hearing hurtful words.
Michelle from Bloomington Ca:
I have a grand daughter that is 2 that is a LP her name is Beleny. In our eyes we see no height or difference. I find myself now that I get very upset with the M word to me it is very offensive and I find myself weather I know the person or not correcting them. Saying its either a Little Person or a Dwarf or better yet just call them by their name.
Carol from British Columbia:
We have a daughter with dwarfism who inspires us every day with her strength and tenacity. We were unaware that the m-word was offensive until we became part of the LP community. I pledge to do my best to educate people (kindly) about the negative connotations of the m-word. Thank you for taking the initiative with this pledge! Together, we can make a difference!
Johnny from the US:
This hateful word needs to go away forever.
Donna from Sidney Australia:
Don’t like the word Midget and never will…….
Jose from florida:
I’m glad to see a site like this. Although it is something new that has just recently been started, I hope it makes a huge impact throughout society in one way or another. Noble cause, great way to change the world.
Claude from LA:
I am an advocate for little people and often see them as heroic. As a father of an LP, the fact that other humans find staring, laughing at or taking pictures of LP’s utterly Ignorant and offensive I adore my daughter who happens to be tiny…like other previous gifts like humming birds etc. beautiful and strong.
Mike from Ar:
M is just as bad as R – and I say neither of them… it’s time these terms go the way of the dinosaur!
Jennifer from Ma:
I cringe anytime anyone uses the “R” word. I will add the “m” word to my list of never-to-be-used words as well. In addition, I pledge to inform those who use it around me that it is offensive.
Sandra from NY:
I was mildly aware of this issue but I did not know its full extent until I began reading the book, “Far From The Tree” by Andrew Solomon last month. I fully support this issue
Lisa from Ma:
Ignorance and prejudice have no place in an intellegent and happy society.
Barbara from Ne:
It is a shame that people do not understand — all wonderful, special talented people come in all sizes, and no matter the size, shape, color or ability – they are all perfect in God’s eyes.
Dora from Canada:
My parents have a bad habbit of saying that word, so I try my best to correct them on that word to saying little person or small. I feel that word is offencive.
David from England:
Education is the right way to go. I am sure most people that do use the word have no idea it is offensive, and much less why it is. this will help.