After my last post on Political Incorrectness, I read a Tweet - "...irritates me when I see a hearing/seeing person say 'fell on deaf ears,' 'blind to the issue' etc. is offensive....".
I understand historically these idioms were based on the "medical" meaning of the word of unable to hear or see. But in modern times it implies inferiority or stupidity on the subject. "Too blind to see the answer in front of him" really equals to "too stupid to understand".
It's been my experience that Deaf, Blind, and Deafblind people are actually more intuitive to their surroundings than their hearing/sighted counterparts. Wave at a Deaf person across a crowded room and they'll spot you. Wave at a hearing person across a crowded room, nope, nothing, so you got to swallow your embarrassment and scream their name. I had a friend who's Blind tell another person "That's a nice Dress", they could hear the fabric rippling as they walked. There's also the time my a friend who's Deaf, took their friend who's totally Deafblind and depended on Tactile Sign Language, shopping. After the trip the Deaf friend couldn't find the car and tactiled to the other lady "I can't find the car", "Go back to the door we came out of". So they went back to the entrance of the mall, the Deafblind lady directed their steps and then stopped, "car's right here" and put her hand right on the hood.
So, yeah, it's time to stop using these idioms and just be direct, if the person is ignoring you, or not understanding the topic, then say so! Leave us out of it.
I was going to say "Go and let your hair down" but that'd probably insult bald people,
"One finds limits by pushing them" ~ Herbert Simon
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I have been Deaf & legally Blind since birth. I've been married to my hearing Husband for 15 years and we have 2 hearing children, a boy 14, and a girl 12.