THIS IS ABLEISM

Disability and Ableism Blog.

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I'm a disabled bisexual woman with chronic and mental illnesses. This blog will attempt to display disabled people's opinions on ableism. Submissions of ableism you have experienced or witnessed are welcome, and so are examples of ableism you have seen on social media sites.

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General TW: This blog deals with topics such as abuse, sterilization, violence, and eugenics .

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If I neglect to add a trigger warning or you would like me to tag something for you please let me know.

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*On Semi-Hiatus*

janetmock:

kingtexas:

Janet Mock for HEROES . Writer . NYC, 2013

“I am a trans woman. My sisters are trans women. We are not secrets. We are not shameful. We are worthy of respect, desire, and love. As there are many kinds of women, there are many kinds of men, and many men desire many kinds of women, trans women are amongst these women. And let’s be clear: Trans women are women.” - Janet Mock / How Society Shames Men Dating Trans Women & How This Affects Our Lives 

In April or May of 2013, I invited (as Janet Mock says) people into my life to experience this wonderful journey in becoming who I truly am.  It felt so beautiful but I was fearful of offering the invitation because I didn’t know if my family and friends would still love me.  I was afraid of losing my job and my career as an artist. I was afraid of not being able to fund my transition.  I was filled with so much anxiety and that is because we are often targets of violence and abuse on a daily basis.  The day my anxiety, depression, and fear decreased was the day I discovered an introduction video by Janet Mock on her website. She said, “I know that you can live the life of your dreams as well. I promise that it gets better. I know because I am you. I love you and I can’t wait to see you on the other side.”  I honestly sat in front of my computer and cried.  I needed to hear that I would still be loved.  I needed to hear that it was okay to embark on this journey of self-discovery. I needed support.

Through Janet’s agency, she has inspired me to continue to live my truth and the importance of telling one’s story. Not only for me, but also for others within the trans* community. In the past 11 months, I have never felt so complete in my entire life.  The struggles are THERE, believe me, but I feel so much stronger and beautiful than ever before.  Janet.. thank you for your words, your encouragement, your hard work, your time, your voice, and your soul.  You are truly an inspiration. 

If you haven’t, please purchase Janet’s “Redefining Realness" here.

Honored to be a small part of your empowering photography project. 

Heroes Unite!

(via official-mens-frights-activist)

Asker Anonymous Asks:
Kill yourself.
thisisableism thisisableism Said:

lol no. I’m good.                                                                                      

you realize sending messages like this is illegal though, right? 

People will assume your sickness is your fault. No matter what kind of long-term illness you have, you will eventually run into this person. The one who remains convinced that, despite what doctors say, you are sick because you just haven’t tried enough. “But have you tried positive thinking?” they ask you. “What about switching to an all-raw lembas diet?

5 Things I Didn’t Know About Health Care (Until I Got Sick)

What an awesome article. I wish all my friends & family could read this so they could understand better.

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samanticshift:

anti-sj bloggers: omg, why are sjws offended by everything?

anti-sj bloggers: i am deeply offended by your headcanons, your media criticism, your donate button, your mental illness, your lived experience, your “made-up words,” your life choices, and virtually every aspect of your identity

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ellyisanxious:

It is okay to need validation and vocal reassurance from other people. You should not be expected to face mental illness alone and you should not feel bad for needing support from others. You are loved and you are great

(via heyatleastitsnotcancer)

[W]hen outsiders’ inauthentic and insensitive depictions are lauded as authentic and sensitive, the stories I tell, even if based on my own life, are seen as inauthentic if they fail to conform to the canon. I watch helplessly as my experiences and feelings are denied, and my truth is no longer the truth. I have essentially been defined by others—as have my characters on the spectrum.

Contrary to what seems to be popular belief (or so the amount of ‘inspiration porn’ floating about would have you believe, at least), disabled people are not put on this planet to make you feel better about your own life circumstances. We are not here so you can point at one of us as we smile, for whatever reason, and exclaim “that person can carry on with a smile on their face and just look at them! You’ve got no excuse!”, or the worst which I encounter most frequently, “the only disability in life is a bad attitude”.

"The only disability in life is a bad attitude."

With who even knows how many disabled people shut out of work, unable to go to the shops, being mocked and/or attacked in the street, jeered at, stared at, confined to hospital beds or their homes, requiring round the clock care.

"The only disability in life is a bad attitude".

With so many on low incomes, without adequate or even stable housing, living below the poverty line, unable to afford food, unable to afford heating, unable to get the care that they need because there isn’t enough money to provide it.

"The only disability in life is a bad attitude".

With so many in chronic pain, fighting through each day and using so much energy to do so. Trying to balance the pain or the strain of mental health with work, or school, or even just getting up.

"The only disability in life is a bad attitude"

When we’re here trying to survive, putting all our time and effort into trying to stay alive, and you only notice us or care about our well being when we can be inspiration to you.

"The only disability in life is a bad attitude"

When you can compare our physiques and lives to yours and be grateful you’re not like us.

autistickanaya:

The stonewall riots were started by trans women of colour and nobody is allowed to forget that

(via official-mens-frights-activist)

Israel launched a 7-hour campaign of intensive bombing of Gaza on Tuesday, destroying its only power plant. Gaza can no longer generate its own electricity. Without electricity, the water purification plants cannot operate and the drinking water ends up being mixed with sewage or salt water. Without electricity, patients on life support in the hospitals just die, even if Israel does not bomb the hospital, as it has in some instances.

trlr:

I love conservative rhetoric.

"if you can’t afford kids stop having them, but abortions are bad, and health insurance shouldn’t cover birth control or plan b, and welfare is awful, and raising the minimum wage so you can afford to live without requiring welfare and food stamps is socialism!"

(via theconcealedweapon)

pizzafemme:

fat people are allowed to exist without your shitty approval stop acting like you care about people’s health fuck off

(via queerfucker)

raptorific:

Swear to god, some guys are terrified that girls are faking common interests to impress them and act really hostile towards anyone they even SUSPECT of doing such a thing

but then they turn around and fake a whole friendship in the hopes of getting sex out of girls, and get mad at them when it doesn’t work

and they super do not see the irony in that

(via youneedacat)

transboymahariel:

Hi, I’m tumblr user transabed. I have psychosis, which is any set of symptoms/diseases involving a disconnection with reality. This includes; dissociation, catatonia, hallucinations, or delusional paranoia. It encompasses many diseases, but for some of us undiagnosed folks, psychosis is the only label we have.
I wanted to make a tag for people who have psychosis to share their personal experiences and troubles. A place where everyone who has psychosis is welcome, people who only suspect they have it all the way to people officially diagnosed with psychosis. All of us! It would sorta be like the “actuallyautistic” tag because the “psychosis” tag is filled with triggering and scary pictures. We deserve a safe space.
So I did! #pseriouslypsychosis (originally #pseriouslypsychotic but an anon pointed out that psychotic is a reclaimed word and not everyone is comfortable with it.) If you have psychosis, boost this and add a personal post (if you are comfortable) about your experiences with psychosis!

Some general guidelines/rules:
-NO TRANSMISOGYNY, CISSEXISM, HETEROSEXISM, RACISM OR MISOGYNY WILL BE TOLERATED.
-only people with psychosis, that’s a given!
-try to keep scary (gore, unreality, disorientating gifs) images out of the tag. If you have to post them, tag the triggers!
-trigger warnings tagged for hallucinations, unreality, abuse and the like are appreciated.

If you are abled/non-psychotic, pass this on please!

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