Before I get started let me just say that I choose the name MidgetMomma because it was my nickname and I am standing proud with it and the fact that I am short. In NO WAY did I pick the name to offend anyone at all in fact it is was the opposite as when I googled MidgetMomma for the first time after making my blog name choice, the content that popped up was offensive and derogatory to anyone who is short. That hugely played a part in me picking my name because I was upset and disgusted that people would take the height of a person and mock them just because they are short.
So I got this e-mail this morning from someone who found my blog and was offended by the fact that I used the word Midget and that in the Little People community it is a derogatory word and that with it I offended her. The email itself did not upset me that she was offended it was that being told people use the word Midget as a negative like calling someone who is handicapped a retard (that was the comparison she used) and that upsets me alot.
We are all PEOPLE, it doesn’t matter that we are short, tall, fat, skinny, green, purple, or blue we are all people!
When I started MidgetMomma.com I googled it often to see if it would come up in google search and for the longest time the content that popped up was offensive, adult content that mocked and made fun of short people. So the first time that I saw my blog on the search I was excited because it meant that my blog was higher ranking then the awful negative content that was before hand.
The labels that this world gives people make me mad, we don’t need labels we are all people and we should all embrace each other for being ourselves. We should all be proud of who we are and take a step in kicking the negative connotations that are attached to certain words and make them positive.
I am proud to say that I see being short and the word Midget as a positive thing. I don’t see the word Midget as being negative, I see it as embracing that I am short and taking a stand against the negativity that the word has with it!
I know that the word Midget comes from when Little People (which I hate using that term because I don’t see anyone as different we are ALL people) were working in the circus and looked at as freaks back in the 1800s and it was a term that was degrading to them and their community.
It takes time to take the negative away from words and I think we can all do our part and take the negative out of words that describe people and we should all make them positive. get ride of the hate, the discrimination and the negative words and just accept one another!
The word Gay has been used in negative connotations (which I won’t get into what I feel on that because we would be here all day, other then to say I think using that word as a negative is WRONG too), but my pal Mitch over at Gay NYC Dad has turned a positive light on a word that the world uses as a bad thing as well. And while he is gay himself it doesn’t make him who he is. He is a great person, a person that is taking pride in who he is and sharing it with the world and getting rid of the negativity that people have about being gay. He is proud to be who he is and even though he is gay that is still a label that like midget people use negatively and trust me when i say this Mitch is the least negative person that I know and his willingness and bravery to step out in the crowd and show everyone that he and his family are just like every other family I think is AWESOME!
After all it doesn’t matter what we look like, the color of our hair, our skin, our height, our weight ect we are all one thing…. PEOPLE!
Be proud of who you are and help kick the negative words right in their behinds!