Congenital Social Defects
"Congenital Social Defects". The expression popped up in my mind during a discussion with Aati, and to my surprise, it appears that the term has not been used before. Aati urged me to float it on the blogosphere believing that the term has potential for wide-spread use. It is meant to denote a certain attitude people have towards members of the socially marginalized groups. The meaning would become apparent from the context in which it was used.
Aati: Life isn't easy. It's especially difficult if you're born 'wrong'.
Me: Born wrong? You mean born in the wrong place, wrong time?
Aati: No. Born 'wrong'. Born 'wrong' in any way. Born female, born poor, born deformed, born disabled, born into a different religion, born into a disliked race. And then there are 'instrinsic faults' that appear later -- born rebellious, for example.
Me: Oh, right. Congenital social defects.
Aati: Haha! Now that should go down in a dictionary.