Stigma is the term we substitute for the visceral realities we both impose and experience, prejudice and discrimination. It has enjoyed widespread use in several instances, the most indelibly graphic, as Jew/stigma. As rape/stigma it ruled minds for generations, excusing all kinds of behaviors. As AiDs stigma it so ruled the minds of doctors that they stood by and watched as people died. As mental illness stigma it led to gigantic institutions, warehouses for people, and to the almost total absence of monies for research.

Instead of us cooperating with any claim of stigma, we ought be using our minds and our words to educate and inform.

Harold A Maio