Slander in the Family

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Internal human organs get all the respect while odd outer body parts gets the wrap.Why?

Submitted: April 19, 2013

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Submitted: April 19, 2013



Slander in the Family

Subba Rao


Human internal organs and external body parts met at a medical conference to sort out issues relate to public perception of their members. Functional organs fit for harvest and later transplant save millions of lives. Words like organ donation, harvest and transplant gets attention and respect. In contrast, the public are quick to slander the outer body parts for their oddity.

“Why we can’t be judged like internal organs? Why our looks were so important?” “Why we have to hide our oddities? Whether it is flat foot or a foot with high arch, people can’t walk without us, yet some of us were insulted as flat foot?”?” Asked the flat foot in full boots.

“A woman like Jennifer Aniston is admired for her long sexy legs; a person with bow legs can’t even wear shorts,” a bow leg in full-pants expressed grief.  

“People show off their six pack abs at every opportunity while pot bellies were embarrassed to walk without shirt,” said a Pot Belly in an over-sized shirt.

The other members of the Body Parts Association such as Bald Head, Crooked Teeth, Snake eyes, Droopy Ears, Goose Neck, Flat Chest, Sagging Shoulders and Flat Bottom expressed their despair and disappointment with publics’ perception and treatment of their membership despite their lifelong usefulness as utility limbs.  

The internal organs were embarrassed for public perception of external body parts. After all some of their own membership were often in bad shape and worse can be fatal to the body  like fatty liver from over drinking, stiff lungs from smoking, hardened heart vessels from high cholesterol, out of shape kidneys and faltering pancreases. It is just that public can’t see since they were hidden deep inside the body.  A flat foot cannot kill a person but a fatty liver can so as bad heart.

The internal organs and outer body parts as one family came to consensus to remove slander by poking fun at oddity to desensitize the public and accept outer parts for their utility.  The members came out with clever lines like:

Bald head saves over $500 on haircuts and shampoos

Flat foot is firm on a slippery slope

Droopy ears are better as ear phones

A blow leg is better than no leg at all

In an emergency use your pot belly as floating device

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