“Limb Loss Awareness Month?” You’re just selling stuff.

Seriously. I found this email in my box this morning…

Yeah, I bought a bunch of stump socks over several months last year and now they won’t leave me alone. I’m glad they’re there – for over 40 years I had always bought kit like that at the brick-and-mortar stores of the big national sort-of monopoly until they decided to make it impossible. That made no sense to me, and I give thanks to the Gods of the Copybook Headings that others were willing to swoop in and take advantage of the opportunity. I love that amputee supplies are available online and I wish them success and much profit. Truly.

But c’mon. There’s no such thing as “Limb Loss Awareness Month,” nor does it make any sense that there should be. I assure you that I’m aware of limb loss, as is every single other amputee on the planet. There’s really no point in bothering anybody else with it. They’re just trying to sell stuff – and it’s stuff I’m already perfectly happy to buy from them if I happen to need it so what’s with this bullshit? What’s next? Baldness Awareness Month? Crooked Teeth Awareness Month? Irascible Hermit Awareness Month?

It’s all of a piece with the “X Awareness Month” practice of raising awareness of certain identity groups who think you’re not paying them enough attention (read, money and power.) And in this case, while I otherwise have nothing whatsoever against the Amputee Store, it’s certainly annoying and even kind of offensive.

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9 Responses to “Limb Loss Awareness Month?” You’re just selling stuff.

  1. Landlady says:

    Baldness Awareness Month is in August ( https://www.keeps.com/learn/national-hair-loss-awareness-month ) but apparently you need to start campaigning for Irascible Hermit Awareness Month.

  2. Landlady says:

    Oh, wait, no you don’t:


  3. Anonymous says:

    Too funny landlady

  4. Cederq says:

    I’m bald and proud! Also a bit of an introvert and I want to be a hermit someday soon, working on that.

  5. Judy says:


    Uh, I am an introvert…but I am not ‘excluded’ from anything. I choose not to participate. Exclude means you are not allowed to participate, i.e. shunned.

    As for Irascible Hermit Awareness Month I think it should be extended to Irascible Hermit Lives Matter on a national, and then, world level. I think the motto should be something like this, “I will let you know when I want to talk to you, until then, bugger off.”

  6. Joel says:

    😀 I had exactly the same reaction when I read what was at that link. It sounds like some Incel loser afraid to go out and earn some recognition, demanding rather that it be delivered to his door. I’m a hermit because I’m an introvert – and have no desire for the world to possess any more ‘awareness’ of me than it has at present. Maybe even less.

  7. Cederq says:

    Hear hear Joel, I too want the world to know less of me then what is already have. The slogan “The more I know people, the more I love my dog.” is appropriate to my sanity and living. I would rather curl up with a book and my dog lining my side with the door and windows shut then deal with drama and the demands of strangers.

  8. Robert says:

    They are “celebrating” awareness of limb loss? I sure don’t feel like partying over my lost part. Guess I’m a party-pooper.

    Just as stump socks are a forbidden item, y’all can’t buy a simple shower chair at the local Wheelchairs ‘n Stuff R Us Store without a friggin’ doctor’s order. And pawn shops hereabouts aren’t allowed to deal in Durable Medical Equipment such as wheelchairs. grumble mumble

  9. Tennessee Budd says:

    Doesn’t sound like something requiring its own month of observance, or even something you’d bake a cake for.
    Now, chicken fingers? Crab legs? Chicken legs & wings? Those might be apropos.

To the stake with the heretic!