19 8 / 2014

"All was going swimmingly until we arrived in Florida to an apologetic voice mail from the man who was supposed to be driving our rental van to us, explaining that he was stuck waiting for roadside assistance for a flat tire. Of course, things happen, and the incident was entirely not the driver’s fault. However, while I was waiting in the airport for three hours for the van to show up, it occurred to me in the midst of my frustration that I was literally stuck at the airport." [read more]

16 8 / 2014

"Since I tweeted my distaste for the “miracle” meme, several able-bodied people have helpfully explained to me why it is, in fact, funny. One explained that it’s a joke and that jokes work because they show us something counter to our expectations. But watching someone stand up from a wheelchair is only counter to our expectations if our expectations are based on an ignorant and ultimately bigoted understanding of what disability is and what wheelchairs do."

15 8 / 2014

"What is it about our culture that has led people – especially women, it seems – to view receiving compliments as an awkward experience? I notice time and again that when I extend a compliment to someone, the person deflects, or even outright rejects it, rather than accepting it."

12 8 / 2014

the-exercist:
This man’s name is Kyle Maynard.
He is a middle class white man who had access to sufficient medical care from a very young age. He was encouraged to join team sports due, in part, to his parent’s available time and resources, as well as due to his school’s ability to maintain athletic facilities that were accessible to him. Maynard has appeared in both Vanity Fair and Abercrombie & Fitch’s catalog, earning him a significant paycheck. He has also received awards from ESPN and GNC, which helped to jump-start his career as a motivational speaker. Maynard was able to attend the University of Georgia and, after finding a publisher for his autobiography, could afford to leave the University and support himself by appearing on various talk shows like Oprah, for which he received significant pay. Maynard has been the subject of a documentary (A Fighting Chance) for which he continues to receive royalties. He was even sponsored to climb Mount Kilimanjaro: Maynard didn’t have to pay a cent for the custom equipment he wore, for his accommodations or even for the donations that were given in his name to local schools.   
So what’s my excuse? I never had access to half of these resources.
Memes like this are Inspiration Porn and they’re ridiculously problematic. Read up on it. Educate yourself.  
Disabled people are still people and deserve to be treated with respect, not like magical motivation fairies who exist just to make you feel better about your own life. Just because Maynard is a quadruple amputee does not mean that he is devoid of privilege or that he “has it worse” than any other viewer. It is dehumanizing and disrespectful to erase the many facets of his life in order to shame people into working out according to your personal standards. 

Just noticed this links to one of my blog posts, but more importantly, I’m always happy to see people taking on the problems with inspiration porn. We’re really not “magical motivation fairies.” Seriously. Objectifying disabled people for your own warm fuzzy feelings, or to feel better about your own life, is never okay.

the-exercist:


This man’s name is Kyle Maynard.

He is a middle class white man who had access to sufficient medical care from a very young age. He was encouraged to join team sports due, in part, to his parent’s available time and resources, as well as due to his school’s ability to maintain athletic facilities that were accessible to him. Maynard has appeared in both Vanity Fair and Abercrombie & Fitch’s catalog, earning him a significant paycheck. He has also received awards from ESPN and GNC, which helped to jump-start his career as a motivational speaker. Maynard was able to attend the University of Georgia and, after finding a publisher for his autobiography, could afford to leave the University and support himself by appearing on various talk shows like Oprah, for which he received significant pay. Maynard has been the subject of a documentary (A Fighting Chance) for which he continues to receive royalties. He was even sponsored to climb Mount Kilimanjaro: Maynard didn’t have to pay a cent for the custom equipment he wore, for his accommodations or even for the donations that were given in his name to local schools.   

So what’s my excuse? I never had access to half of these resources.

Memes like this are Inspiration Porn and they’re ridiculously problematic. Read up on itEducate yourself.  

Disabled people are still people and deserve to be treated with respect, not like magical motivation fairies who exist just to make you feel better about your own life. Just because Maynard is a quadruple amputee does not mean that he is devoid of privilege or that he “has it worse” than any other viewer. It is dehumanizing and disrespectful to erase the many facets of his life in order to shame people into working out according to your personal standards. 

Just noticed this links to one of my blog posts, but more importantly, I’m always happy to see people taking on the problems with inspiration porn. We’re really not “magical motivation fairies.” Seriously. Objectifying disabled people for your own warm fuzzy feelings, or to feel better about your own life, is never okay.

(Source: the-fitspo-world, via fatbodypolitics)

12 8 / 2014

1) Be bold and brave.

2) You can’t please everyone.

3) Stand or sit by your views.

4) Don’t take criticism personally.

5) Examine your own beliefs.

[read more]

08 8 / 2014

disabledgirlism:

she-rocks-and-she-rolls:

"I suppose a major celebrity in a wheelchair could somehow elevate the status of wheelchair use because mainstream media has so much power to alter the public mindset, (though in the Bieber case, that’s rather doubtful), but in no way is that the same as encouraging society to develop a deeper understanding and acceptance of the complexities of disability.

Instead, it makes a wheelchair appear to be a toy or a costume piece, and it’s neither of those things. That doesn’t mean it’s not cool; it happens to be one heck of an amazing machine. But my wheelchair is essential to my life because it’s the only way I can get around. My wheelchair is intertwined with my being and I cannot remove myself from needing it whenever I please. Using it is not a game to me, or to any wheelchair user.” [read more]

I think it’s also important to support disabled peoples dreams and ambitions, film directors overlook legitimately disabled people and hire fakers to play the parts we live, which just tells us able bodied people are always more valuable to them and that we are just a form of entertainment.

Agree here! Where are the disabled celebs?

07 8 / 2014

"I suppose a major celebrity in a wheelchair could somehow elevate the status of wheelchair use because mainstream media has so much power to alter the public mindset, (though in the Bieber case, that’s rather doubtful), but in no way is that the same as encouraging society to develop a deeper understanding and acceptance of the complexities of disability.

Instead, it makes a wheelchair appear to be a toy or a costume piece, and it’s neither of those things. That doesn’t mean it’s not cool; it happens to be one heck of an amazing machine. But my wheelchair is essential to my life because it’s the only way I can get around. My wheelchair is intertwined with my being and I cannot remove myself from needing it whenever I please. Using it is not a game to me, or to any wheelchair user.” [read more]

02 8 / 2014

Access win! Why don’t I see this…oh, I don’t know…EVERYWHERE? Get it together with your illegal parking inside the blue lines, America.
[Image description: Sign posted inside the blue lines of an accessible parking space that reads “Handicap Access Aisle No Parking.”]

Access win! Why don’t I see this…oh, I don’t know…EVERYWHERE? Get it together with your illegal parking inside the blue lines, America.

[Image description: Sign posted inside the blue lines of an accessible parking space that reads “Handicap Access Aisle No Parking.”]

02 8 / 2014

(Source: autisticadvocacy)

30 7 / 2014

ted:

Comedian and journalist Stella Young is tired of people telling her she’s an “inspiration” just for getting up in the morning. In a hilarious, hard-hitting, and thought-provoking talk at TEDxSydney, she explains why.   

Watch the full talk here»

(via cripple-fabulous)