I was just thinking about this just now and I came to the realization that it is the dominant culture (the ones who are not disabled) who are saying we should use person first language. Now that I think about it a bit more, couldn’t it be another attempt to marginalize people?
I say that because disabled people are beginning to adopt their disability as an identity, which could almost be a “screw you” to the people who are trying to interpellate them into a negative identity. If this is the case, then I could liken it to a time when I was being very sarcastic and someone called me an asshole and I said, “Yep! I am.”
So, how is it an attempt to marginalize disabled people? Well, society interpellates a person as disabled. That person begins to make that label part of their identity in a positive way. Now that it has become a part of their identity, society tries to enforce a person first language requirement as a new rule for being politically correct thereby separating a person from a part of their identity.
So, if you can’t tell, in this post, I have not been using person-first language and it is hard. I keep finding myself wanting to go back and change it to what my brain has been conditioned to do.