Posts tagged ableism.


Please please please stop saying things like “If I had a physical illness instead of a mental one you’d take me seriously!” or literally anything to that effect. 

This is a really common misconception but I have no idea where it comes from as the reaction pretty much all chronic illnesses get, mental or physical, tend to be roughly the same. Some illnesses have more stigma  or are treated with more ableism than others, yes, but as general categories the way they’re treated are the same.

I’ve gotten the exact same comments about both my mental and physical health, including

  • Aren’t you too young to have that?
  • Are you sure those meds wont turn you into a zombie?
  • Did you try yoga?
  • Have you tried sleeping better?
  • Try this diet it’ll totally make you better! 
  • I’m pretty sure thats not a real thing
  • You’re just using that as an excuse
  • no, you’re just lazy/[insert ableist slurs here]. 

Additionally, I’ve been physically sick literally over 5 years and do not have any diagnosis, which is not uncommon. Being physically ill is not some magical difference from being mentally ill where doctors suddenly aren’t ableist towards you, know exactly how to diagnose you, and do so immediately.

Its also not a magical land where people take you seriously, ever. Believe me. I can’t even count the number of times I’ve been told I’m too young to be chronically ill, and I’ve been chronically ill since I was 13 so its like, clearly it can happen a lot younger than 18. and yet I get those comments constantly anyways. 

if you’re mentally ill but otherwise abled PLEASE don’t make these kinds of statements anymore because its just not true. They WOULD and they DO act the exact same ways to ppl who are physically ill. unless you’ve had experience being treated as both physically and mentally ill please stop comparing the two as if you have any idea what its like. you clearly don’t because no, it wouldn’t be different if you were physically ill. it wouldn’t be different at all. 

#ableism #medication 

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  August 23, 2014 at 09:04am
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One of the scariest types of ableism is the kind that comes from medical professionals. These people are basically your last hope and so when that poison comes out of their mouths it’s like you have nothing left.

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  July 23, 2014 at 04:33pm
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If someone doesn’t “seem” disabled to you, maybe it’s because they’ve been forced to develop a huge and complex system of coping mechanisms in order to try and survive in an ableist world. It’s probably that.

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how can you not see ableism as a feminist issue

autistic girls, especially black autistic girls, are misdiagnosed and underdiagnosed because of the focus on white cis boys and how they present as autistic

disabled girls and women often have their consent violated, both in medical procedures and otherwise, our bodies and minds are often not considered are own and we are dismissed as not having the capacity to make our own decisions

on top of that many disabled girls are seen as delusional and their speaking out about the abuse they have face, by whatever communication method, is often seen as them making things up and over reacting

many disabled women are fetishised and seen as an outrageous ‘thing’ to fuck, but are not seen as human

disabled girls, especially physically disabled girls, do not live up to ideas of beauty in our society and often have extreme self esteem issues

disabled women and girls face more shit than you could ever know and I need you to understand

Ableism. Is. A. Feminist. Issue.

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Most people look at the word “disabled” and assume it means “less able.” It doesn’t. It means “prevented from functioning.” When I turn the wireless connection off on my computer, I get told that the connection has been “disabled.”

Does this mean that my wifi has suddenly become less able or broken? Has my wifi acquired a disability? Of course not. It has been prevented from functioning by an external force. In a very similar way to how I’m disabled by bus drivers that just won’t stop if they see me — a wheelchair user — waiting at the bus stop.

Lisa Egan

Quote from "I’m not a Person with a Disability: I’m a Disabled Person" (via disabilityhistory)

I recently had a conversation with someone about “person with a disability” versus “disabled person.” She asked me about the former two phrases in reference to me stating that I am a “Black woman” and not “a woman who happens to be Black.”

The person in the marginalized group themselves should choose what label to use. The privileged are always the ones who want to control the language and make it hegemonic to serve them and the status quo. Whatever label a person in that oppressed group tells me to use always trumps whatever the person in the oppressor group tries to say what it is. 

And being that Lisa Egan uses “disabled person,” it means she doesn’t view “disabled” as the curse that people want her to view it as just like how I use the phrase “Black woman” means that I don’t view “Black” as the curse that White supremacy wants me to see it as.

Read the whole essay at that link for sure; it’s exquisite. 

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where are the documentaries about the fans of sports teams? you know those dudes that tailgate for hours outside stadiums, spend thousands of dollars on memorabilia, know every single thing about their favorite player, literally get into fist fights with fans of opposing teams, binge drink and get angry when their team loses??????  like where’s the documentary showing how crazily obsessed they are??????? there isn’t one bc the majority of the people doing those things are MEN not only teenaged boys but gROWN ASS MEN

but that’s okay, that’s encouraged, whole days, parades, and stores are DEDICATED to this obsession with sports 

but when a girl likes a boyband and does /the same things/ as boys do over sports teams it’s CRAZY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! it’s A SICKNESS!!! WE GOTTA INTERVIEW DOCTORS ABOUT THIS OBSESSION WHAT GOES THROUGH THESE FEMALE BRAINS!!!!!! WHY DO THEY ACT LIKE THIS!!!!!!!!!!!

the media is horribly misogynistic towards one direction fans AND also incredibly misinformed bc there are PLENTY of boy fans as well. 

i’m not saying 1d fans don’t cross lines but i am saying look at what’s going on and realize the only reason these things are said and these documentaries are made is bc one direction is marketed towards young girls and not young guys and gOD FORBID a girl is as passionate about something as a male counterpart is about something else. 

#thank you #i also hate the way that ‘crazy’ is constructed in these conversations #bc like a lot of us have reclaimed craziness in terms of mental health #so this dichotomy of crazy vs. respectful isn’t really the greatest #how about we start referring to behaviour that crosses boundaries as just that? disrespectful behaviour?

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Why feminism hasn’t taken on disability issues yet


1. Mainstream feminism hasn’t even accepted race as a factor for analysis yet.

We are still having race problems; the Slutwalk sign fiasco is notable. Mainstream feminists like Naomi Wolf and Jessica Valenti getting away with barely mentioning intersectionality (or non-white authors) in their work is another. Or, you can just open up the pages of Ms. Magazine and see how very white it is. When Women of Color are mentioned, we are tokenized or have colonial and racist ideas projected onto us. Two decades ago, Elizabeth Spelman’s Inessential Woman critiqued mainstream feminism for hoisting sexism over all other oppressions, and even suggesting that it was the “root” or precursor to all other oppression. That was in 1988, and people still think this is the truth.

If feminism can’t even handle racism against Black people— a racism that has been consistently studied and tracked, and which has an overarching narrative in the West, then it’s no surprise that it can’t handle disability, which has no overarching narrative and which has only come to public awareness and study in recent decades. Feminism can barely handle a rigorous analysis of oppression against Latin@, Asian, and Middle Eastern peoples as they intersect with sexism. Even fewer people have questioned colonialism or even know what it is; one example of this is how there are still white feminists out there who see the hijab as something “oppressive” and Muslim women as people in need of their “rescue”.

2. Mainstream feminism has not accepted class as a factor either. 

In fact, it has an investment in ignoring class analysis. 

The commodification of feminism has turned it into middle class, white women’s activism. This is why talks about contraception and abortion focus exclusively on “rights”, without much discussion on being able to actually afford those rights (for more on this, see Andrea Smith’s Conquest). This is why there is almost no push for food stamps and other welfare programs in mainstream feminism, despite study after study showing how poverty has disproportionately affected Women of Color and their children. If mainstream feminism was concerned about class, it would be pushing to free the disproportionate number of imprisoned Women of Color, or finding ways to fund and support survivors of domestic abuse and sexual abuse, with specific emphasis on more marginalized groups. Instead, these fronts are conspicuously silent.

With the commodification of feminism, white feminists have written about the dangers of sexism without ever having to question their own privilege and how that protects them from many of the things WoC have to deal with. Some of them have even gone as far as to piggyback on the work of other Women of Color, using their ideas verbatim without credit, and profiting hugely from it. Mainstream media publications like Jezebel will question sexism while simultaneously refusing to “believe in” trigger warnings. Others like Shakesville talk about how women are not “crazy” without ever questioning why “crazy” is a bad thing to be called in the first place.

3. Mainstream feminism is still invested in the gender binary.

Full stop. Many prominent feminists are still openly transmisogynistic. Others still have the idea that biology is destiny. If feminism can’t get past an either-or western dualism, then it definitely can’t handle intersectional analysis of disability, which often does not present clear choices.

4. Mainstream feminism is not teaching history in a critical way.

Women’s Studies as a whole is still dominated by a white, middle-class, thin, able-bodied, neurotypical, and cisgender analysis. The majority of WST students also fall into this worldview. These students (and casual feminists) are never taught about the racism, cissexism, and heterosexism throughout the history of feminism, much less “privilege” as a concept. Reading lists are still overwhemingly white and middle class— many of these students haven’t even heard the word “intersectional”.

The wave model for feminism is also problematic, in that it prizes physical activism— activism that was only possible for (educated) white women who did not have children, or who had enough money to get someone else (read: Women of Color) to take care of their kids for them. This capitalistic model of success and failure completely ignores analysis, thought, and the mundane but necessary background work that made these things possible. It also prizes a western-centric historical view without acknowledging work done by others.

5. Disability, unlike other oppressions, lacks unifying factors.

There is no underlying dynamic which influences all disability experiences. Disabled people themselves are split along lines of class, race, gender expression, and sexuality. Even the other, “less complicated” axes like race and class are still infinitely complex. But disability is a huge range of experience that even disabled people don’t understand completely. You could be disabled in one way but never understand how another person with a disability experiences the world.

On the outside, ableism is regularly joked about as a non-existent axis of oppression, while inside, we form our own disability hierarchies and try to judge who has a “legitimate” disability and who doesn’t. A middle class white, cisgender woman with a disability experiences a very different reality from a poor Black trans woman with a disability. We have also been raised to believe that things like race and gender take priority over other identities.

In mainstream feminism, where an individualistic, capitalistic, success-based ideology is touted as the way to go, there is no room for people who literally cannot work. There’s no room for disability when women— that is, able-bodied and neurotypical white women— are supposed to be succeeding in the same way that men do. 

My Conclusion: If you are a person who deals with disability issues, don’t rely on feminism for it. It’s not going to happen for a long time.

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