‘Disabled’: Just #SayTheWord : 13.7: Cosmos And Culture : NPR

“Stories like these, wittily coined ‘inspiration porn’ by Australian disability activist Stella Young, are problematic for all kinds of reasons. First and foremost, they tend to place the focus on the good deeds perpetrated by the nondisabled person while all the while relegating the disabled person to little more than a prop, depicting them as hopeless, helpless and without agency. Very seldom do they even think to ask the disabled person how they felt about it, or if the so-called assistance was even desired.”Ask yourself, how would I feel if the tables were turned? How would it feel to be treated like a prop to make someone feel better about themselves without any consideration for my feelings?”

Source: ‘Disabled’: Just #SayTheWord : 13.7: Cosmos And Culture : NPR

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