Thanks Cara :)
At a General Assembly tonight, I ask that stack (the group who wants to speak on an issue) not be determined by people lining up. My people don’t line up well. The facilitator assured me that I would be accommodated. Here’s the problem: I don’t want to be accommodated. I want to be included. Including me and others like me means taking them into account when you decide what the process is.
I’m glad, Sirena. I was happy as well when I found others with CP because then I felt I belonged somewhere. If you ever need to talk about anything, feel free to leave me a message :)
[trigger warning: discussion of rape, rape culture, and court trials. Discussion of ableism and disability as seen by others, with some examples of ableist language. Brief mention of colonialism and American Indian genocide.]
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Brilliant. I applaud you.
One day, I was thinking about which terms were permissible to describe people who don’t bother using their brains when they should, and I discovered to my shock there isn’t one. “Stupid” describes someone who lacks cognitive capacity. There’s no shame in that. I want a term that shames someone who has cognitive capacity but refuses to think out of laziness and irresponsibility. The problem is not simply that “retard” or “idiot” are ugly because they refer to actual neruological conditions and “stupid” also technically refers to someone who lacks some cognitive ability; it’s that English doesn’t even bother having a word for people who can’t be bothered to apply their cognitive ability.
Question: what does that tell you about English? Answer: that we, as a culture, think the best way to insult someone who deserves an insult is to equate them with a person who has a condition and does not deserve insult. That’s pretty sick.” —http://whatprivilege.com/on-changing-the-name-to-what-privilege/ (via snarkmatter)
a la reclaiming the autism tag? Because I’m starting to get seriously sick of all the “people with disabilities are SPECIAL PEOPLE and they’re all SO HAPPY ALL THE TIME and THERE BUT FOR THE GRACE OF GOD GO I” bullshit.