In a recent article, GQ Fashion rated the best and worst dressed cities in the nation. Boston didn’t fare so well, coming in dead last.
I can’t really defend my fair city on this front. We ain’t exactly Milan. However, the problem wasn’t so much what they said as how they chose to say it. They referred to the city’s fashion sense as “a kind of Style Down Syndrome, where a little extra ends up ruining everything.”
I don’t think I need to tell you the myriad reasons why I found this troubling, but if you’d like to read a wonderful post that lays it out extremely well, I highly recommend this one — Denying Our Children’s Humanity for a Laugh.
GQ has since changed the line in the story, but so far they seem to have done so without comment.
My thought it this: anyone on Twitter? I am! You can follow me at @diaryofamom. So is GQ Fashion. You can follow them at @gqfashion. And then together, we can use this great tool to tell them that words matter. That our children’s dignity matters. That people with special needs – extra chromosome or otherwise – are not “ruined.”
I have sent two different Tweets so far. Please feel free to retweet either of them or to copy them as your own if you are so inclined. They’re all yours to do with as you please.
I’d love to start a respectful dialogue – to use this gaffe as (yet another) opportunity to teach the rest of the world about our children.
Yes, it gets tiring. Yes, it gets frustrating. Yes, we get really God damn angry. But sadly we can’t change anything with anger alone. If we could, we’d be done by now.
So, anyone want to join me? Here’s what I wrote:
diaryofamom jess.@gqfashion words matter. please take this opportunity to educate yourselves and your readers about what it means to respect human dignity.