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snack wrote

while i don't have any specific resources on hand (maybe someone else can help out with that), i can offer to share what i have learned so far:

Regarding "crazy": i'm sure you are aware of the stigmatization of mental illness or stigmas that surround mental illness, and how those can make it hard for individuals who suffer to get help. Sometimes people feel weak and ashamed for being depressed/anxious and therefore do not seek the help of a mental health professional, as they would with an eye doctor. (which can make their condition even worse) One of the reasons this happens is because society thinks it's okay to use "crazy" as a swear word, as something negative, that is: something which no one wants to be.

This is a complex topic and there are many more layers to it and perspectives to explore, so it's understandable if it gets confusing. I tried to open an entry point into the subject matter, if you want to discuss further or have questions feel free to ask/comment!

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extremecouponing OP wrote

That's mostly how I understand it as well, for right now. The part I'm somewhat confused by is when these words are used in positive contexts, such as, "this is crazy hood!" Curious to hear your thoughts on that

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snack wrote

That is indeed a difficult example, because it sounds positive. If i were to approach it purely analytical, I'd say that "crazy", in this context, is still used as something out of the norm, so far out that it is very noticeable or stands out very much - now that in and of itself isn't something bad, but if you keep in mind that you are talking about the living conditions of a human being, something that is considered to be wrong with their body or mind (in the case of crazy), just to describe something as outstanding - at the cost of hurting or triggering a person and maintaining an oppressive system - then i think it's not worth it to use "crazy" when you could just as well use "unbelievably" instead.

I'm not sure i could sufficiently explain what i meant, so ask about parts that are incomprehensible, that always helps me to word my ideas better.

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