I’m a disabled person, and I also work at the Disability Services Office at a college.
Not very long ago, a professor rushed into our office flustered and angry because
1. She had a blind student in her class.
2. She asked us how we planned to communicate graded papers to her student, since her habit was to write corrections on printed papers.
3. To which we replied, “Just send her an email instead of writing your corrections on the printed paper.”
How DARE we burden HER with so much extra work? More about how busy she is. More about how that gives an “unfair advantage”. (???) More on how could we possibly expect her to make such a drastic accommodation, which wasn’t fair to her or her other students.
How many emails do you think you send to your sighted students every semester? Dozens? Hundreds? How many classes of 25+ students do your teach every semester? How do you communicate with them?
This problem was entirely created in this professor’s mind by her own assumption that anything a disabled student could need was unacceptable, and a waste of her time.She returned to our office to complain several times over this.
She threw an actual tantrum over something she did for her non-disabled students every single day without even considering it.
Because “everyone knows” disabled people, whatever we might need, that need is too much. It’s a burden on abled people. It’s “unfair to everyone else (read: non-disabled people).
Many disability activists say things along the lines of “our needs aren’t more, just different”. Well, I have to say that even when are needs are the same, they’re still, apparently “too much”.
Anonymous asked: Why is John Lennon bad
Master Post on Why John Lennon is Shit
So here’s a master post of John Lennon’s shittiness. I added much more info about cultural appropriation in his music. I also submitted this to Your Fave is Problematic.Sexism/abuse
- publicly admitted to hitting the women he dated
- abusive toward both his wives, including Yoko Ono and his son
- was controlling in his relationship with Yoko Ono, making her follow him everywhere (including the bathroom)—and made her list all the men she had slept with, which he shamed her for, and did various other controlling/abusive things
- wrote this misogynistic song that threatens violence against women
Homophobia and antisemitism
- was antisemitic and homophobic, and made antisemetic/homophobic comments toward Brian Epstein, the Beatles’ gay and Jewish manager
- even beat someone nearly to death for even insinuating that he had an affair with Brian Epstein: he never apologized for the incident, despite using the excuse for being drunk at the time, stating, “he called me a bloody queer, and I bashed in his ribs for it.’ Later, when he was older, and supposedly “reformed” he claimed he just “wanted to show he was a man” at that age…
- wrote the racist song: “Woman is the ‘N-word’ of the world” (except he used the actual word not n-word) tw in link for racial slur; discussion here explaining why the song is racist (again tw for slur) post explains the song, not only uses a slur but also erases Black women, and equates sexism non-black women face with anti-blackness) (one lyric: “women is the slave to the slaves”)
- appropriating/stealing music from Black artists: stole riffs, melodies and even lyrics from Black artists, to name but a few examples: I Feel Fine from Bobby Parker; Day Tripper from Bo Diddly; and was sued for stealing Come Together from Chuck Berry; and did many covers where Black vocal styles are appropriated: Twist and Shout from Isley Brothers, Money fromBarrett Strong/Berry Gordy, Some Other Guy from Ritchie Barrett—examples go on and on
- appropriation of Indian music and culture, including the appropriation of traditional Indian instruments, spiritual/religious beliefs, perpetuating harmful stereotypes and white supremacy; examples of appropriation in music here, here, here; and this video is an example of not only appropriation of the sitar but Indian spirituality (“om” in the song Across the Universe) and in fetishizing/exoticizing spiritual practices in India
- often made offensive comments about disabled people (note that the jerk who wrote the article in the link makes ridiculous excuses for him)
- mimicked people with developmental disabilities
- stated that disabled people touching him was “horrifying” and continually referred to disabled people as “cr*pples”; talked about disabled fans in extremely ableist, demeaning ways
- made a song called “Cr*ppled Inside” with an ableist slur to appropriate the pain of disabled people to describe his “internal pain” as a white abled man
Harassment/bullying/acts of violence
- Committed various humiliating/violent actstoward strangers and friends: threw knives at people in the audience at concerts, being a violent drunk and getting in fights with friends, etc.; also dubbed Germans at a concert “Nazis” and “Hitlerites”
- he may have beenresponsible for the death of former bandmate Stuart Sutcliffe, on top of more heinous behavior, including urinating on nuns
- Edit:there are tons of conflicting accounts of Stuart Sutcliffe’s
death. There’sthis accountfrom Sutfliffe’s sister that Lennon beat Sutcliffe savagely after learning he was leaving the group—which may or may not have lead to death by complications later (but she alsoclaimsthe beating didn’t lead to his death, but it still did damage). There are other accounts whichclaim that thugs attacked Sutcliffe and gave him the injury or thatSutcliffe fell down a flight of stairs— there were even rumors of it being caused by amphetamine use or a tumor (those seem to be bogus)— we can’t know for sure what the true story is (but it’s not unthinkable that someone with Lennon’s history of abuse would do this)
Nassim Taleb, Antifragile (via epiphany-rambler)
YES YOU SEE BECAUSE ANTIDEPRESSANTS MAGICALLY WIPE OUT YOUR ENTIRE CAPACITY FOR MELANCHOLY IN ONE FELL SWOOP LIKE YOU LITERALLY POP ONE PILL AND BOOM THERE’S A BIG SMILE ON YOUR FACE AND THEN YOU CAN NEVER WRITE POETRY AGAIN BECAUSE AS WE ALL KNOW IT’S ONLY POSSIBLE TO WRITE GOOD POETRY WHEN YOU’RE IN A FETAL POSITION DRY SOBBING AT ONE IN THE AFTERNOON AND WONDERING IF YOU’D HAVE THE EMOTIONAL ENERGY TO SHOOT YOURSELF IF YOU HAD A GUN GODDAM THOSE EVIL DOCTORS AND THEIR MEDICINE THEY RUINED LITERATURE FOREVER BECAUSE AS WE ALL KNOW LITERALLY NOBODY HAS EVER WRITTEN ANYTHING EVEN HALFWAY DECENT SINCE ANTIDEPRESSANTS CAME OUT ALSO FUCK THE POLIO VACCINE AND AIRPLANES FOR SOME REASON
"Everything with a soul would have been silenced"?? jfc
IN CASE ANYONE WAS WONDERING WHAT ACTUAL ROMANTICIZING LOOKS LIKE
ughhhh gross gross gross
also i’m pretty sure if Poe had antidepressnts he probably would have lived longer and written more stuff
because drugs don’t necessarily take away one’s capacity for being human and creating things
Andre Dubus (via poivin)
oh my fucking god what a load of ableist bullshit. yeah ok let’s further pathologize those of us with social anxiety by telling us we’re being narcissistic because we’re afraid of interacting with others and afraid of how they’ll react. most of us understand this on an intellectual level. we get that the opinions of most of the people we meet are irrelevant to us and that people who judge us based on our looks or our speech or our ability are Not Nice People. knowing, in this case, is not half the battle. it’s maybe 2.5% of the battle and the rest of it is getting help with overcoming the crushing fear of simple social interactions
Are you fucking kidding me is this person for fucking real?
This is fucking disgusting.
Today I discovered that on your deviantART page, you confirmed that My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic is going to adopt the “Derpy Hooves” fandom character for future episodes.
I am not exactly sure how much you know about what “derp” means— it is a word from a movie by the creators of South Park in 1998. It has only recently become an internet meme, however. Today, its use is generally to denote “stupidity” or “awkwardness”.
The problem with this is simple: “derp” is ableist. The “derp face” especially so. Some people with disabilities such as Down’s Syndrome, Autism, Cerebral Palsy, and even certain forms of social anxiety have trouble controlling their facial expressions. Some people with disabilities also have difficulty verbalizing clearly because they are not able to control the muscles in their face like other people.
If you search for images of “derp” on google, you’ll find people with their eyes rolling opposite ways, and videos of people saying things like “hurr hurr, derp derp”.These portrayals, whether intentionally malicious or not, contribute to the image that people with disabilities are “abnormal” or “wrong” in some way. I doubt that these images are a simple coincidence— stupidity, lack of intelligence, and other similar ideas have always been cast on people with disabilities.
I don’t often tell people this, but I’ve dealt with crippling social anxiety and depression my entire life. I can’t count the number of times I have been made to feel different or wrong because my anxiety literally affected my body’s ability to relax, to make “normal” facial expressions or even speak coherently. Regardless of intention, there is this social expectation of normalcy that a lot of people like me have to navigate. It is not a minor inconvenience or a simple annoyance; it is often downright terrifying. And every day, there are people out there who are beaten, sexually abused, or driven to depression and suicide because they look and sound “different”.
With the meme itself— I have seen people being bullied for having a “derp face”, back before it had a name. I have heard of people with disabilities being harassed, in public, on multiple occasions, with the “derp” meme (or similar “sounds”). I’m sure that we’ve all seen it happen, long before the meme labeled it— the obviously disabled kid in high school whom everyone picked on for how their face looked or how they spoke. It wasn’t okay then, and it’s not okay now, not even under a different name.
I’ve seen some fans excuse the character by saying that “derpy” means “socially awkward”, but that is only one interpretation. It may not be offensive or hurtful to some people, but it certainly is to a lot of others. The “you’re too sensitive” argument doesn’t apply here when, as I’ve said, the word’s basic use is itself steeped in this idea that looking different and speaking differently is somehow wrong (and, as I’ve noted, there’s plenty of real life examples one could find of this). Making fun of people for not being able to interact and express themselves in the same way as the rest of us is ableist and extremely hurtful for those of us who deal with it every day. It doesn’t matter if it came from South Park or started out in some innocent way— what matters is how it is actually used now.
If Hasbro and the other people in charge of My Little Pony go ahead with this, I will have to stop watching the show. I’d really like to not have to do that— this show has meant a lot to me as a survivor of sexual abuse, and it would hurt to have something that has been a source of healing and acceptance suddenly turn into a source of hatred and exclusion. There haven’t been many things in my life that I can rely on as genuinely safe and loving; the creation of this character would definitely make the show not safe for myself, or for other people with disabilities. It would also be a betrayal of everything that Friendship is Magic stands for if those in charge refused to listen to those of us who experience ableism and struggle with being different on a daily basis.
This word is not some holy grail. It is not going to hurt anyone to stop using it— we can always make up another way to describe things. People are creative and language changes; to think that the loss of “derp” would somehow be a huge blow to human culture is just silly.
It’s really not hard to laugh at life, or yourself, or your awkwardness, without hurting others. All you need is a little imagination— something that My Little Pony has done a great job of so far without needing to be ableist.
I hope that this is enough to convince you.
I would love to discuss this further if you want. I can be contacted on my tumblr here.
This sums up why Derpy bothers me so much. Derpy at her core is about laughing at her differences, for being strange and talking funny, which is so contrary to what MLP:FIM is about. I think this is the moment ponies have jumped the shark for me. Really disappointed in the show right now.
Way I see it, were it not for the stereotypes that people unconsciously associated me with, I would’ve been really easy to see what had. Looking at the symptoms of ADHD Inattentive type, I fit into every single one.
- Not paying attention to detail
- Making careless mistakes
- Failing to pay attention and keep on task
- Not listening
- Being unable to follow or understand instructions
- Avoiding tasks that involve effort
- Being distracted or forgetful
- Losing things that are needed to complete tasks
With all of these, it should have been pretty clear what the issue was, yet not a single one of my teachers even suggested it. Teacher’s have called me lazy, aloof, uninterested in education. I’ve been told, by a teacher, that I should feel ashamed of how little I try, how I don’t pay attention in class, yet somehow not a single one suggested I have ADHD.
I have every single symptom, but my symptoms match my stereotypes.
Statistically, black kids are much less likely to be diagnosed, and latino children have it even worse. Under half of us who have the symptoms clear get the diagnosis.
Race matters in mental health. Children of Color aren’t allowed to be vulnerable, and we aren’t allowed to be kids. We have to be the worst we can, so I wasn’t allowed to have a problem. And that’s the issue. Children of color can never make any gains, do well, until we are recognized as just as vulnerable. Until it’s understood that mental illness applies to people of color, specifically in children, there will never be any change.
as a small child and teenager, i was always in awe if i saw any grown deaf adult… because i rarely saw deaf adults, like they didn’t exist. i felt there was no future for us.
This photo campaign was launched as part of a student-led project, Accessibility@Elon, to promote disability, accessibility, and Disability Services on Elon University’s campus. Challenge Ableism!
The top image is a college-aged woman in glasses, jeans, and a sweater standing on the open field of an Elon quad. It is captioned “This is what a person with an invisible disability looks like.” Lower in the image are the words “CHALLENGE ABLEISM” spelled out in capital letters.
The left image on the second row is a professor in his office. He is seated at his desk looking at papers. The shot was taken through his open door. The image is captioned “My office is on the second floor of a building that doesn’t have an elevator. How is a student in a wheelchair supposed to stop by during office hours?” Below that, the words “CHALLENGE ABLEISM” are spelled out in capital letters.
The image in the second row on the right is a group of students posed for the picture in rows along with a man a few years older who must be a professor or staff. It is captioned “We are allies to people with disabilities. Are you?” Lower in the image, the words “CHALLENGE ABLEISM” are spelled out in capital letters.
The picture on the left in the third row of images is an Elon student. She is casually dressed, sitting on a low, brick wall that encircles a fountain. She is turned away from the camera so that the viewer can see neither her face nor the front of her body. The photo is captioned “I have a disability. I’m not comfortable being photographed due to the stigma on campus.” Lower in the image, the words “CHALLENGE ABLEISM” are spelled out in capital letters.
The middle picture in the third row is the front of a building. Behind a tall, arching tree, a red brick facade is broken by three stories of Southern, white-columned porches. Stairs lead into the building. On each porch, there is the bottom of two flights leading up to the next level. The image is captioned “What do all the residents of HBB have in common?” A few lines down, the question is answered with the words “None of them use a wheelchair.” At the bottom of the image, the words CHALLENGE ABLEISM are spelled out in capital letters.
The right picture in the third row is the same student from the first picture in this series. She is in the same setting and dressed the same way. This time, she holds a black mesh bag full of prescription medications. The image is captioned “Just because I have to manage my disability with pills doesn’t mean I’m a drug addict - or a dealer.” Below that, the words CHALLENGE ABLEISM are spelled out in capital letters.
The left image of the bottom row is a staff person at Elon. She is seated in a spacious, sunlit office. Her large, wrap-around desk is cluttered with paperwork. The image is captioned “There are over 450 students registered with Disability Services; I am only 1 person.” Below that, the words CHALLENGE ABLEISM are spelled out in capital letters.
The right image in the bottom row is an Elon student. She is wearing a blue, v-neck shirt with decorative gathering and tassels around the arms above a white camisole. She is standing in front of a red brick archway with climbing ivy on the Elon campus. The image is captioned “This is what a person with an invisible disability looks like.” At the bottom of the image, the words CHALLENGE ABLEISM are spelled out in capital letters.
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Unfortunately a diverse group of students was not available for photos, including many PoC. Very few people responded to campus-wide advertisements and emails sent to a disability services list serve, comprised of those willing to be contacted about various disability related projects and studies on campus. Our group took this as a reflection of the ableist mindset on Elon’s campus.
This is an awesome project.
readingpolitics asked: I think it is a little irresponsible to heap praise on the Wedding Palace poster without passing any comment whatsoever on the way it sensationalizes mental illness. "craziest family!" also carries connotations of unchecked abuse played for laughs.
Ableism and familial abuse can hit harder and be more invisible along racial and socioeconomic lines, too.Thank you for noting this. The marketing is very uncomfortable, especially the idea that the customs of non-white American cultures are “crazy” or dysfunctional. It can be very otherizing and in this case, also perpetrate ableism.
as aesthetically unappealing comic sans may be, remember that it’s p gr8 for people who are dyslexic, have trouble reading, etc.
i try not to bash it too much because of that, plus it makes a wall of text a lot less intimidating to read if you do have problems grasping languages and sentences idk it is interesting how a type face can influence the way you read something
Queer people of color never say we are disabled if we have any choice about it. We come from famillies who believe in being tough, in sucking it up. We can’t afford to take days off work. We do not want any more identities than we already have to wrestle with. Our bodies already seen as tough, monster, angry, seductive, incompetent—how can we admit weakness, vulnerability, interdependence and we still keep our jobs, our perch on the “thin edge of barbwire” we live on? Why would we join crips in the mainstream disability rights movement dominated by white people? What would we get out of it?
The question I ask is: How do we claim this body broken beautiful as not a liability but a gift? To know that interdependence is what has saved us time and time again—as queers and trans people, people of color, women, broke folks. how my lovers and friends help each other survive—passing $20 back and forth across the movement, driving me to groceries when I can’t make it down the stairs. How do we say that my hurting body in bed sucks and is also a beautiful ability to write for hours because I can’t hold down a 9-5 even if I wanted to?
Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha —-READ IT ALL
well. that hit close to home.
All involuntarily sterilization - of children, adults, people with disabilities, people in prison, Native women, Mexican American women, black women and men, Puerto Rican women, trans* people, Deaf people, Latinas in California, women who are poor and/or on welfare, people at the intersections of these categories - should be ended.
Why is that so controversial?
Hey, while we’re talking about voting rights, I’d just like everyone to note that polling places in the USA are widely inaccessible to people with disabilities.
According to this (sadly out of date) study, only 16% of polling places have no impediments to accessibility.
This sounds highly illegal.
It is. Most states have accessibility guidelines and of course there have been laws passed on the federal and state level but there’s pretty much zero enforcement of said laws.
when people complain about how accessibility features such as ramps, lifts, highlighting, image descriptions, scaled css, trigger warnings, epilepsy warnings, etc., makes things aesthetically ugly, they are actually revealing how the politics of what we consider “beautiful” have been centered around able-bodied, neurotypical people
YES. Think about this.
and it’s also stupid that you think a good graphic design and web design team couldn’t figure out a way to include those things without them making everything look like a 1990s geocities website.
YES it’s obnoxious how major sites like CNN, Yahoo, Huffington Post, etc., still haven’t switched over to the CSS standard of em units or percentages, both of which scale automatically to fit larger font sizes for vision-impaired people. Instead, their websites are designed with manual, pixel-specific boxes for each element, WHICH MAKES NO SENSE and must take a ton of extra work to manage. Sometimes accessibility is so glaringly efficient and obvious, it’s a wonder why people don’t implement it.
THIS SO MUCH THIS
This is basically the killer argument against primitivism - their ideology is really incompatible with having autonomous and mobile disabled people.
(caveat: my idea of revolution doesn’t require “everyone” to be invited, but “disabled people” is obv not an exclusion I want!)
wow this is a super fucking important point and not something that gets talked about nearly enough
yooo and this applies to people who have serioud conditions that require medications like asthma or diabetes.