Saturday, 15 July 2017

R U Inspired ?


On a disability facebook site differences of view when a severely disabled man graduated from a University

Responses varied from 'brave' to 'heroic' to downright inspiring, but while not dissing the man, not everyone disabled went with the media view. Calling it inspirational porn and they were fed up with seeing disabled people portrayed that way.

Definitions:

Inspiration porn is the calling of people with disabilities inspirational solely or in part on the basis of their disability. The term was coined in 2012 by disability rights activist Stella Young in an editorial in Australian Broadcasting Corporation's webzine Ramp Up.

Quote: I tend to agree, you do get fed up of media portraying someone who happens to have a disability, doing something others do, as if it is some miracle or other, but we aren't heroes, we aren't brave, we just fight adversity that should not exist anyway.   Succeeding against that adversity isn't preventing it as mainstream plays into the 'heroic' images, whilst not accepting they are most of the problem.

Being ordinary isn't an 'goal' to aim for, it's a right anyway, for the same reason I deplore charity, substituting support for real acceptance is not what we are about.  Indeed is promoting more and more reliance and begging on our behalf, and 'poor me' images, which in itself suggests to employers and such we are a people who need constant help.  

Charity is ultimately negative.  The individual who graduated, so little was said about the support he had to do that.... It wasn't called empowerment either, it is between the lines we need to read, not the large print at the top.  Why is it some miracle we have a brain ?

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