Recently various petitions have been circulating the Diabetes Online Community, so today let’s pretend to write our own. Tell us who you would write the petition to – a person, an organization, even an object (animate or inanimate) – get creative!! What are you trying to change and what have you experienced that makes you want this change? (Thanks to Briley of inDpendence for this topic suggestion.)
This is a hard one!
I really don’t know. I’m not a huge fan of petitions in general.
If anything, I want to change the fact that people make jokes about diabetes. I hate it. I get teary and angry when people ignore, after I’ve explained why I’m hurt, why it’s disrespectful and plain rude. I got into a cyber fight today with a guy on my uni facebook page because he commented on a picture of chocolate (COLES IS SELLING FAMILY BLOCKS FOR $1, RUN DON’T WALK) with a joke about diabetes. I can’t let it go, I dislike being called a party pooper if I call someone out on it.
Not being a party pooper, just making you into a DECENT HUMAN BEING.
Could you petition that? I don’t know. Petition for everyone who makes a diabetes joke after being explained to as to why it’s hurtful to be shot down by laser beams?
Don’t get me wrong, I love a good diabetes joke, but one that is INFORMED and RESPECTFUL…and involves a pun or two.
“You’re a diabadass” “Diabetics are the only people who don’t want to be high” = good
“LOL donuts 4 lunch! Diabetes here I come!” = bad
A petition to stop bad, uninformed, diabetes jokes. That would be swell.