Dear mother,

I don’t know why this has to keep coming up. I don’t care how many of your friends or people you’ve heard about somewhere have said it’s all right; to me, that still doesn’t make it all right. Yes, I know, it seems counterproductive to say, “This isn’t about the people that are actually involved; it’s about me,” but guess what. It’s about me. I think it’s morally reprehensible to casually throw around a term that is so strongly associated with a long history of oppression and cruelty and a set of stereotypes that exists to this day, and I don’t want to be the kind of person that knowingly plays into that system. I don’t know why that seems to be so difficult for you to understand.

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