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Uses 'retarded' - an instant turn off,
This review is from: West End Girls (Kindle Edition)
I was quite enjoying this until the author had Penny used the word 'retard' as a way to run down her sister's dress sense, "come in that dirty thing that makes you look retarded." What is she actually saying? "That thing makes you look as bad as someone with a learning disability".
Every time people use the word 'retard' in some casual, derogatory context to call people dumb or stupid it degrades and belittles people with intellectual disabilities, and it reinforces painful stereotypes that people with learning difficulties are a less worthy part of humanity. So, there will be no more Jenny Colgan for me. I'm returning West End Girls to Amazon for a refund on the basis of offensive content.
Perhaps Ms Colgan would like to look at this website [...] and take the pledge to end the use of 'retard'/'retarded' as a derogatory term synonymous with being dumb or stupid.