Mentally handicapped question

Okay, so we have people who are physically retarded, and people who are mentally retarded. Mental retardation usually (but not always) goes hand in hand with physical retardation. But, physical retardation doesn’t necessarily mean mental retardation.

So my question is, where are all of the attractive retarded people? Why don’t we have people around who are complete mental headcases, but are absolutely gorgeous? Whereas, we have people who are all ‘twisty cat’, but are really smart…

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Hey, Homer…ever heard of Muhammed Ali?

Um… Ali has a debilitive disease that impedes his speech and motor control. (I forget which one… Parkinsons?) He isn’t mentally retarded AFIAK.


I know, John, but I just found the question so darned offensive, I couldn’t STAND it!!!
My apologies to Ali.

Really, I’m serious. I’m not being a dick, I just don’t like molding my life into PC standards. I REALLY DO want to know why we don’t see gorgeous women drooling all over themselves and flailing about…


We are the children of the Eighties. We are not the first “lost generation” nor today’s lost generation; in fact, we think we know just where we stand - or are discovering it as we speak.

You know, there’s a difference between political correctness and basic decency…

A large part of being physically attractive is how one presents ones self to others. This includes personal hygine, attitude, and attention to other details. Obviously, someone who is mentally handicapped has more important things to work on than making themselves attractive; like remembering to eat or how to get home.

Frankly, this answer should be obvious to anyone who has spent more than a minute thinking about it. I’m sure Homer could have figured it out himself if he wasn’t too busy trying to figure out a way to show how un-PC he is.

The word “retard” used to be acceptable. Then it became humorous. Now it’s just offensive. But of course, that’s why Homer used it. Isn’t it?

How bout erstwhile “View” babe Debbie Matenopolous?

:::slap, slap, slap:::

Allright, people who are offended, and think I’m saying it to be offensive, give me a one word phrase, short, easy to use, as quick to type, and easily understood and identified as retard. Can ya do it? NO. That’s why I use it. You all know what it means, so I don’t have to qualify myself or explain, and it’s quick to type. Mentally handicapped. Not exactly quick. Differently-abled. Not really easy, and definately not clear.

And yeah, I have thought about it. Environmental concerns, growth patters, hygiene, and still, there should be some attractive persons out there who have a mental ability of nil. And yes, Ms. Matenopolous does come close. But she doesn’t drool enough.


Yeah, “Nigger” is a lot easier to type than “African-American”.

Use your dictionary. If it was printed any time after 1940, “retard” is identified as a word of contempt.

Do yourself a favor and the next time they hold a Special Olympics near you spend the day there. You’ll find there are lots of mentally handicapped people who look perfectly normal and even attractive. You’ll find it a little harder to use words like “retard” after that too.

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Most people are average. Being very attractive might be one in 20 or 30. Being retarded is even less common. The odds are that a person would not end up with 2 rare characteristics. There probably are a few attractive retarded people if you line up 1000 of them. But have you even seen 1000?


Yes, I think you are trying to be offensive. I think you are fairly offensive, even when you are trying to be inoffensive, though, so go ahead and give up trying.

On your question about physically attractive people with very limited intellect, well, . . . what do you look like? I mean are you as physically ugly as your personality? Do you lack as much in terms of physical beauty as you do in human kindness, and social adeptness?

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, Homer, and I have no doubt that you see ugly every where you go.


OK so if one in 30 of all people are attractive, one in 30 retarded people should be attractive. Never mind.

I agree, JBENZ. I was at a Special Olympics meet this weekend (my son is in it and I’ll have you all know that he’s beautiful, thank you very much!). Anyway, I saw a lot of athletes that I would not have known they were participating if I had judged them by their looks. There were a lot of cute athletes there.

By the way, Greg got a silver medal! :smiley:

No, stupid, it’s a boat!

So, I guess since Homer’s got being ugly and a retard down pat, he’s looking for more material . . .

Will work for sig line.

Gosh, Homer, I certainly don’t mean to offend, but… um… well, you’re absolutely gorgeous, right? See? It DOES happen.

Instead of just flaming Homer I will give the obvious answer. Darwin would suggest that since humans have thrived mainly due to their intelligence, an unitelligent person would not be an attractive mate. Also, most mental deficiencies are due to genetic mutations or abberations. As a general rule people don’t seek out and embrace the abnormal. And I don’t think we can make the “Madison Ave” arguement here (advertisers tell us what is beautiful and what is not). A few hundred years ago chubby chicks were all the rage, but now we like our dames a little lighter. I don’t think we can say the same for the mentally handicapped.

I say we call them HOMERS; it conjures up the perfect image of mentally retarded, and it offends no one.

Sorry, I take that back; it’s an insult to the mentally retarded.


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Doubt those who find it.” --Andre Gide

Try Down’s Syndrome (sp), probably doesn’t cover it all but most of what you’re trying to infer by “retarded”.