First the Christmas cup now the Christmas Sweater. So I guess target came out with a christmas sweater that has people offended. The sweater says “OCD Obsessive Christmas Disorder”. Personally neither the cup or sweater offended me and I am a mentally disordered christian. I even have to admit that I chuckled to myself when I read the Obsessive Christmas Disorder because if this were a real disorder it would most definitely be added to my list of disorders.
Now that being said, I can see why people are getting offended by the sweater. OCD, BP, BPD, PTSD….. and many more are all very serious disorders that cause so many of us embarrassment, self loathing, pain, confusion and even Suicide. I believe it is so bothersome because their is such a stigmatism toward people with mental health disorders such as OCD. We are not ignorant, we understand that it is a joke, some of us even laughed to ourselves.
However not everyone understands what it truly means and feels like to have and live these disorders everyday and when we make light of these disorders with jokes like this sweater and saying things like “I am so OCD about my hair” or “She can’t make up her mind, she must be Bipolar.” then people don’t take our disorder seriously when we truly need them to try and understand.
To all my disordered friends out there, Lets show the world that we are bigger than sweaters with jokes on them. That we are working together for a better cause, “Loving ourselves” because I believe that the world doesn’t hate us at all. What I believe we are feeling is hate for ourselves and see ourselves through those hate tinted glasses.
Beyond that we need to find a way to not care so much about what others think, myself included, because most people are thinking about themselves anyway. Don’t be defined by your disorder, accept it, live with it the best you can, and find community with those of us who care, understand and want to help. Honestly everyone is a little messed up they just pick the people throughout life that loved and accepted them flaws and all and keep them close. We can’t change anyone, but we can TRY and change how we choose to let others and their opinions affect us.
What do you think? Is the sweater offensive or are people too easily offended? Let me know in the comments.