Advocate or Hardass? NABPM / NaBloPoMo Day 9

Wanted: Killjoys

There has to be a fine line between being an advocate and fighting stigma, and being a killjoy.  I still don’t think I’ve found it.  Here’s an example: a friend recently posted a link to a t-shirt on her she thought was funny, but is clearly poking fun at a mental health disorder – in this case, Tourette’s Syndrome.  The shirt had something to do with the rare symptom of Tourette’s where the sufferer uncontrollably swears (that only  happens in 8% of cases, FYI), which, on its face value, even I can see could be sort of funny.  But I know this friend is a staunch supporter of me and my family and, frankly, if I was alone in a store and saw that shirt, I might even chuckle to myself.

So what do I do?  I’ve chosen nothing – a valid if not cowardly option – because I just don’t know where to draw the line.  Or if there is a line.

What would you do?

PS – I know I’m a day behind – I’m gonna get two posts in today, I promise.

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