Blogging Against Disablism Day

Laurie says:

Yesterday was blogging against disablism day. Over a hundred disabled and non-disabled bloggers from all across the globe are expressing their thoughts on and experiences of disablism out in the Blogosphere. I haven’t had begun to read all of it yet but there is some great work here.

Ampersand
discusses Harriet McBryde Johnson’s essay collection “Too Late To Die Young”.

This quote from her is really powerful:
“Because the world sets people with conspicuous disabilities apart as different, we become objects of fascination, curiosity, and analysis. We are read as avatars of misfortune and misery, stock figures in melodramas about courage and determination. The world wants our lives to fit into a few rigid narrative templates: how I conquered disability (and others can conquer their Bad Things!), how I adjusted to disability (and a positive attitude can move mountains!), how disability made me wise (you can only marvel and hope it never happens to you!), how disability brought me to Jesus (but redemption is waiting for you if only you pray).”

For me, living a real life has meant resisting those formulaic narratives. Instead of letting the world turn me into a disability narrative, I have insisted on being a subject in the grammatical sense: not the passive “me” who is acted upon, but the active “I” who does things.”

There is also a terrific comment from Patsy Nevins.

Check them out.
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One thought on “Blogging Against Disablism Day

  1. Thanks for mentioning my comment, Laurie. It is one area in which I do have a fair amount of experience, having lived in a disabled body for 56 years & having often dealt with a culture which insists upon seeing me as “other” & “defective.” In fact, in the part of the country where I live, fat is so common that I am scarcely larger than average-sized for a grown woman, seen as normal & even sexy in that sense, & not hassled about my weight. The ignorant, the cruel, the insecure, choose to concentrate instead on my physical limitations, as indeed they have since I was a very small child.

    I am myself enjoying checking out the various posts & the different blogs. I have taken a long time to come out fully as a disabled person, much longer than I took to come out fully as a fat person, &, since for most of my life, I was the only disabled person I knew (Maine is not densely populated), reading all this excellent writing is giving me a sense of community, just as reading about fat liberation has been giving me a sense of fat community for years.

    Regarding Ms. Johnson, we don’t always agree about everything, but we do agree on many points, & we agree most passionately about Jerry Lewis & that abomination he calls a telethon. His personal attitudes toward those of us who are less than perfect are despicable. If it makes him uncomfortable to see us in public living life alongside the able-bodied, too bad. Deal with it, Jerry! Some of the most vibrant & fully alive people I have ever known have had a disability. To shut them out of your life for being different is to cheat yourself of a life-enriching friendship, romance, marriage, whatever the case may be.

    I am loud, proud, very visible & doing my best to piss off those who are offended by my disability or by the size of my body. I encourage everyone else to be visible, to take up space, & to claim his or her right to full participation in life.

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