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Autistic Hoya: How "Differently Abled" Marginalizes Disabled People
When I say that I am "disabled," I am not putting myself down, insulting myself, suggesting that something is wrong with me, or making a negative statement about myself. I am staking a claim in an identity that is important to who I am as a person. I am recognizing that my mind/body function atypically, and that because of this, I am constantly forced by mainstream social/cultural attitudes and the laws and policies that enforce them to choose between being othered (and then discriminated against or outright harmed) or accepting the idea that I must hide who I am by passing as an abled person.

By calling myself disabled, I am rejecting the idea that it is wrong to have a mind/body like mine.
metaphor  language  disablism  disability-culture  autistichoya 
20 days ago by jesse_the_k
4 Disability Euphemisms That Need to Bite the Dust – Center for Disability Rights
Emily Ladau

One of the biggest disparities surrounding disability is the language people use to refer to it. I prefer to be a straight shooter and keep things simple by using the term “disabled person.” Other people choose alternative euphemisms to avoid saying that. While I know some people genuinely embrace words other than “disabled” – even some people who actually have disabilities – I just can’t get on board with that.

Of course, I can’t presume to speak for anyone other than myself, and everyone should have the right to choose how to refer to themselves so long as they don’t impose it upon anyone else. However, when non-disabled people try to dance around the word “disabled” in an effort to be more respectful, I don’t think they realize the hidden ableism behind the euphemisms. It demonstrates an assumption that “disabled” is a negative quality or derogatory word, when in fact, disabled is what I am. It is, in my opinion, the plainest, simplest, most straightforward, and least offensive way to refer to what my body can and cannot do.

So, next time you hesitate to say “disabled,” consider why I wish these four alternate terms would kick the bucket:
metaphor  language  disablism  disability-culture 
20 days ago by jesse_the_k
Euphemisms for Disability are Infantalizing | crippledscholar
I have written about the importance of language as it relates to disability before. To oppose the idea that clear language should be avoided in favour of what can best be described as pretending difference doesn’t exist to opposing the replacement of clear language with euphemisms.

Euphemisms are rampant in disability discourse. There is this misguided idea that disability must be softened and made palatable.

This comes from general assumptions that the word disabled is negative and shouldn’t be used to describe people and from watching words that relate to disability be adopted by society as insults
metaphor  language  disablism  disability-culture  disability-studies 
20 days ago by jesse_the_k
Why We Need to Stop Comparing Mental Illness to Physical Illness
The conversation looks something like this: “Why can’t we treat mental illnesses the way we treat physical ones? You wouldn’t tell someone with a broken leg not to take pain medications or tell someone with bronchitis that they’re faking their illness.”

I get it.

As someone who has PTSD, which is largely invisible and commonly misunderstood, I often feel like my mental health isn’t taken seriously and is uniquely stigmatized.

But the difference here mainly lies in the fact that when we’re talking about physical illnesses, we’re making the assumption that folks with physical illnesses don’t face ableism or stigma the way that folks with mental illnesses do.

And that’s not accurate.

When we’re comparing short-term, treatable conditions, like a broken limb, to chronic mental health issues, we’re using the wrong comparison.

Folks don’t react to a short-term illness with ableism because it’s assumed that the condition is going to be easy to treat and will go away soon.
disablism  disability-culture  disability-pride  ableism  mentalhealth  metaphor 
july 2019 by jesse_the_k
kore | indoor fireworks
And then late yesterday I had a migraine attack, BANG, that's it, it's like being hit by lightning but soundless, lightless. It unloosens all the knots of your sinews or however Homer puts it, zing you're tasting the metal of the bright leaf-blade and you drop not like a graceful poppy but a sack of meat. You're not even meat anymore, just a bunch of nerve endings trying not to feel. All you do is endure and at first the only reason you know the endurance will have an end is that it happened before; then you have faith that it happened before; then you don't even think about it ending, just ebbing and flowing, moments when your nerve endings short out or relax or God knows what's happening. You breathe as shallowly as possible, trying not to disturb anything in there, and people keep telling you to breathe, just breathe, and then you do and the pain recedes a little bit! and then the nausea shows up like the black bank of rainclouds unloosing after the thunder and is all HEY HEY BABY. It's not even nausea like "oops gotta go gotta run," it's like your internal organs suddenly realized they're in jail and they're organizing a breakout. See where breathing gets you.

SO T made me oatmeal with sliced bananas in it and a small amount of milk and then I'm going back to bed. Eating after a migraine ebbs is very strange. Everything is so delicious! but you only want a little bit of it. So nice to feel like you have a personality again instead of being a seismograph! Your temple twinges and you try to ignore it. Breathe, relax those facial muscles, put the tip of your tongue against the back of your front teeth so you don't clench your jaw, eat the banana. Well maybe half the banana. Maybe half of half. Save the rest for later. Since now there is a later, not just nownownownow.
pain  migraine  metaphor  great  writing  dreamwidth 
july 2019 by jesse_the_k
Bed, Body & Beyond: Languaging Disability: Where Do "Ability" and "Dis/Ability" Fit In?
Most people said "ability." I strongly disagree with this, even though it seems to be most people's default. For instance, I googled "race socioeconomic gender sex ability" and got lots of hits for "diversity" policies or studies, or antidiscrimination policies. Here are some examples:
These include but are not limited to age, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, physical and cognitive abilities/qualities, race, sexual orientation, gender ...
These can be along the dimensions of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, physical abilities, religious beliefs, political beliefs, ...
in terms of race, ethnicity, culture, socioeconomic status, gender, sexual orientation, abilities, ...  
I don't think there's been enough thought or discussion about this, both inside and outside the disability community. It seems like people are using what's handy or conventional, without much actual familiarity with disability or what it means to classify disability status under "ability."
metaphor  language  disablism  disability-culture  disability-studies  abled  TAB  nondisabled 
may 2019 by jesse_the_k
tim | Cocks and Connotations
CW: explicit discussion of sex, rape, and sexualized violence "The common erotic project of destroying women makes it possible for men to unite into a brotherhood; this project is the only firm and
fuck  gay  masculinity  kyriarchy  trans*  metaphor 
september 2016 by jesse_the_k
The 'Miraculous Cure' Trope Is Not The Disability Representation We Need - The Establishment
This frustration was echoed when I spoke with RC, who identifies as developmentally disabled, chronically ill, and mentally ill. “The trope just denies us representation point blank. It takes disability and turns it into an affliction like the common cold or something similar that just can get passed by eventually. So we don’t get heroes, we get people who are sort of like us but then decide to go ‘beyond’ us.” Then RC went on to say something so important: “You’re both about us and without us, so you’re not really for us.”
disablism  representation  about-us-without-us  metaphor  media 
august 2016 by jesse_the_k
Lose the Language Now Deborah
You can say that x is bad just by saying, "X is bad." But another way to say it is to compare x to something (which is also perceived is bad). So, "X is lame" carries that same connotation i.e that "X is bad." The two statements are equivalent. And from there, it's just a short step to: "Lame is bad. You are lame. You are bad bad bad."
language  disability  metaphor  disability-culture  disablism  #BADD 
june 2016 by jesse_the_k
AT Discussion via Future Tense
As Wolbring defines it in Fixed, “Ableism is our obsession with certain abilities and the accompanying negative treatment of people who don’t have these kinds of abilities.”
ableism  disablism  metaphor  defining  normate-tech  assistivetechnology 
april 2016 by jesse_the_k
Ableism Disablism Finding the Right Word Jillian Weise
“I’ll Pick You Up By Your Back Brace and Throw You Like a Suitcase”: On Naming Discrimination Against Disability
jillianweise  ableism  disablism  metaphor  meta  racism  sexism  metalinguistic 
april 2016 by jesse_the_k
7 Tired Phrases That Marginalize Trans People – And What to Use Instead — Everyday Feminism
Try This Instead:

You could say “anyone who identifies with one or more of these categories: women, non-binary people, and trans men,” “gender diverse,” “people facing sexism and/or transphobia,” or “all people facing gender-based oppression.”

You also may be looking to be inclusive when referencing a variety of gender-based combinations. You could try out some of these phrasing options if you want to talk about…

Everyone: Try “people of all and no genders.” (First, consider whether you need to reference gender at all right then!)
Women: You can say “women,” or depending on who you’re including, “people who are female some or all of the time.”
People who deal with oppression specifically for their gender identity itself (that is, not men): Try, “people who identify with any, some, or all of these categories: women, non-binary people, and agender people.”
Everyone who isn’t cis: Try “everyone who identifies as, or could be identified by others as, trans, non-binary, and/or agender” or “everyone who doesn’t identify fully with being cisgender in some way.”
If you want to include gender non-conforming people as well: You could add “gender non-conforming” to the list, or alternately use “gender diverse,” or “all people facing gender-based oppression.”
trans*  pronouns  sirmaam  they  metaphor  cis  language  respectful 
april 2016 by jesse_the_k
Violence and Mental Illness: The Facts
details on why we think mentally ill are violent and why it's not true.
mental  illness  crazy  violence  metaphor  stigma 
december 2012 by jesse_the_k

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