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hey everyone. an australian aboriginal woman has been sentenced to life in prison because of her disability, even though she hasn’t been convicted of any crime. she has been in there for 18 months already, and although the government has the facilities to care for people with disabilities, they are ignoring requests to have her transferred to a dedicated care facility rather than a prison. here is the petition to free her - it still needs ~14,000 signatures. please sign.
white people can sympathize with rapists, mass murderers, psychopaths and cannibals but nah that dead black kid had it coming
That’s because you’re describing their ancestors/brethren. Of course they can sympathize with something they’re familiar with.
Disabled characters are written into stories for one reason: the disability. Do most people actually believe real disabled people spend our days obsessing about being cured? Or rhapsodizing about killing ourselves? Here is the truth: Disabled people barely ever even think about our disabilities. When we do think about them, it’s usually because we are dealing with an oppressive, systemic problem, such as employment discrimination. Can’t there ever be a disabled character in a book or film just because? Where the topic doesn’t ever come up? All sorts of interesting stories can be written about a disabled character, without the disability ever being mentioned. You know, just like real people.
The vast majority of writers who have used disabled characters in their work are not people with disabilities themselves. Because disabled people have been peripheral for centuries, we’ve been shut out of the artistic process since the beginning. As a result, the disabled characters we’re presented with usually fit one or more of the following stereotypes: Victim, Villain, Inspiration, Monster. And the disabled character’s storyline is generally resolved in one of a few ways: Cure, Death, Institutionalization."
"You won’t be happy until there’s a Black transgender autistic lesbian in a wheelchair on tv!"
See it’s funny because the people who say shit like this are the people who aren’t happy unless every protagonist is a white cisgender dyadic allistic neurotypical abled straight man.
We grow up being shown by the media that this is the “default,” and any departure from this form becomes an item on a list. People don’t notice the fact that the first list even exists because - especially if it’s a mold they fit, or mostly fit - they internalize it as a blank slate.
like do these people not realize that they are describe actual people
do they think that you can only be one or two things beside whatever the default(i.e., white, cis, able-bodied, etc) is? how does this type of thinking even work
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