Monday, January 18, 2010

The Pill Question

It seems to be popular in the stuttering community to ask the question "If there was a pill that cured stuttering, would you take it." Sometimes, I imagine it's used simply as a conversation starter among stutterers shy about talking. I have the sneaking suspicion that it may also be used by speech therapists in a counter-intuitive manner to suggest to stutterers that they should see positive sides to their stuttering.

Since the question seems to be a bit of a cliche now, I'd like to rephrase it to start a new discussion, and make a different point.

If there was a pill that caused life-long, incurable stuttering, do you think that non-stutterers would take it?

Ahhh... that's different, isn't it? Compare and contrast the two questions.

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