Inspired by parents, professionals, and other abled people who think that they have a right to tell us how to refer to ourselves and then get snotty when told that's inappropriate.
Q: May I humbly request you change to using person first language?
Q. I demand that you use person first language.
A. No. What happened to humbly requesting?
Q. Let me tell you all about it! You must be unaware!
A. You may not. I am quite aware.
Q. But it puts the person first! It's more respectful!
A. It is not. I actively selected identity first language. Telling me how to talk about myself is disrespectful.
Q. But I need it to remind myself that my child is a person.
A. Woah there. "I can't think of my kid as a person" is really very much your problem. Why would you think that would win me over? It makes me very worried for your child.
Q. Person first language is correct.
A. No, it is not. Stop trying to tell me what to do.
Q. There is no need to be so rude!
A. Okay so you come into my space and demand I talk about myself in the way you want because otherwise you cannot remember I am a person and that isn't rude?!?
Q. I'm trying to help you by pretending I think you're a person. This is why you don't have allies!
A. You acknowledge not thinking I'm a person and come into my space to tell me how to talk about myself. You're no ally.
Q. How will I learn anything if you don't use person first language?
A. If you need to be reminded every other word that I'm a person, you're not quite up to the level of this blog. This is not a Disability Rights for Beginners blog.
Q. You're so rude!
A. But telling me how to talk about myself is not rude. Ohkay.
Q. You have poor social skills because you have autism.
A. I am not the one struggling with social skills here in this situation. You should be embarrassed at your behavior. I'm getting second hand embarrassment for you.
Q. So you'll be changing to person first language?
A. Piss off and don't piss back on again.