Midweek Motif ~
Social stigma is not ordinary fear, but rejection that is culture bound. Except social stigma about some mental and physical illnesses is universal.
December First is World Aids Day. The World Health Organization's goal is to have no new cases, no more deaths and no more stigma attached to the disease by 2030. Social stigma surrounding the disease inhibits communication and treatment.
Have you seen social stigma at work?
Your Challenge: Compose a new poem with a motif of social stigma. Don't feel restricted to stigma surrounding AIDS and HIV.
“The stigmatized individual is asked to act so as to imply neither that his burden is heavy nor that bearing it has made him different from us; at the same time he must keep himself at that remove from us which assures our painlessly being able to confirm this belief about him.” ― Erving Goffman
“The animal part of him in pain accepted my caring. But the part of himself watching himself in that pain didn't believe I could ever respect him again.”― Diane Ackerman“It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences.”― Audre Lorde
“I got tested for AIDS. I know Barack got tested for AIDS. There's no shame in being tested for AIDS. It's an important thing.” ― Joe Biden
"AIDS occupies such a large part in our awareness because of what it has been taken to represent. It seems the very model of all the catastrophes privileged populations feel await them."― Susan Sontag