THIS IS ABLEISM

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Ableism is a form of discrimination and social prejudice. Are you questioning whether or not something is ableist? Ask a disabled person, heck as multiple disabled people. Able bodied people, you do not get to decide what is ableist. The privileged never get to determine what qualifies as oppression. 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. If you have taken a medication and/or visited a doctor and wish to submit a review, please feel free to submit that as well. There is a general tw for the content on this blog. If I neglect to put a trigger warning on something that needs it please let me know so I can fix it. I usually like to reblog a lot of the commentary on posts.

ughsocialjustice:

wtf this isn’t oppression of disabled people, this is literally the company trying to make sure that people aren’t killed or seriously maimed.

SJWs…*shakes head*

This is the dumbest fucking post I have ever seen. 
-the brown one

Perhaps if you’re not disabled yourself then you shouldn’t be commenting on such subjects. It’s never particularly wise to trust people who pretend to be an authority on an issue they are uneducated in. Have some gall and reblog posts from the users you feel like harassing. Don’t screenshot them so that you don’t have to deal with a response.

The fact that someone in the crowd screamed, with a tone of desperation in their voice, “WE ARE YOUR CONSTITUENTS! LISTEN TO US!” says a lot about the state of this country.
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Ask 1: Seek Natural Holistic help. Alternative Medicine. Please. You’ll see the wonders food and supplements will do. You’ll slowly stop going to the doctors. If you like an email address of someone you can work with, say so in your answer. I will come out from anonymity and give it to you.
Ask 2: So your diet is most likely to blame for your medical condition. One does not just “catch” them. You probably took antibiotics throughout your childhood as well.  Your mother might even had taken them while pregnant. These are also modern day killers. They wipe out everything good as well as bad. People are blind to these facts. They pop medication and go on eating and drinking like absolute shit. I bet the pills your doctor gives you are killing you ore and more everyday. 
Ask 3: Well, they have a point. Even though it was said horribly. You clearly have had some diet and nutrition issues and were led astray at one point in your life. People don’t realize that food is medicine. All this crap they are putting in food these days can take a toll after years of eating it. It’s not joke, And these diet sodas you speak of are 10x as deadly as normal soda. 
thefrogman:

More anonymous doctors. 
I’ve been sick for over ten years. Do you think I haven’t tried literally everything to get better? I have electrocuted my brain. I have taken pills with horrific side effects. I have signed up for every experimental procedure I could find. They put magnets on my head. MAGNETS! I have tried “alternative” medicine. I sold my car and pretty much all my possessions to afford an osteopathic treatment guaranteed to make me better. I put myself in great medical debt for the slim chance that maybe something would help. I ate nothing but lettuce, rice cakes, and bland organic chicken for a year. I drank nothing but filtered water.
None of it helped.
Healthy people need to realize that sometimes people are sick and there is nothing they can do about it. Not everything can be fixed by avoiding processed foods and diet soda. And not every illness can be avoided if you treat your body like a temple. It is so frustrating that some healthy people think, “Well, if I had CFS I could do this and this and this and it wouldn’t be a problem.” Have you never experienced anything that is out of your control? 
You have no idea what I’ve been through. You haven’t taken the scariest sleep medication there is and had a panic attack because it made you feel like you were dying. You haven’t had to put a piece of rubber in your mouth to keep you from biting off your tongue while they force you to have convulsions with electricity. You haven’t spent everything you had for supplements, injections, and nasty powdered “mitochondria-boosting” drinks and had your hopes dashed because it did absolutely nothing. 
If I want to eat an occasional hamburger… if I want to have a diet soda from time to time, I’m going to have one. And it isn’t going to make me any better or worse. It’s just going to make me go “yum, that is tasty.” 
A few other points…
Antibiotics saved my life. I had an infection and went into septic shock. A hundred years ago I would be dead. 
You do just “catch” things. All the time. And sometimes you are born with things.  
Soda isn’t deadly. It may be a variable or contributing factor to health problems for some people, but calling it deadly is ridiculous. 
Please stop sending me diets. I know about all the diets.
I have by no means given up on getting better. I pay close attention to the research and try anything I think might help. 

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Ask 1: Seek Natural Holistic help. Alternative Medicine. Please. You’ll see the wonders food and supplements will do. You’ll slowly stop going to the doctors. If you like an email address of someone you can work with, say so in your answer. I will come out from anonymity and give it to you.

Ask 2: So your diet is most likely to blame for your medical condition. One does not just “catch” them. You probably took antibiotics throughout your childhood as well.  Your mother might even had taken them while pregnant. These are also modern day killers. They wipe out everything good as well as bad. People are blind to these facts. They pop medication and go on eating and drinking like absolute shit. I bet the pills your doctor gives you are killing you ore and more everyday. 

Ask 3: Well, they have a point. Even though it was said horribly. You clearly have had some diet and nutrition issues and were led astray at one point in your life. People don’t realize that food is medicine. All this crap they are putting in food these days can take a toll after years of eating it. It’s not joke, And these diet sodas you speak of are 10x as deadly as normal soda. 

thefrogman:

More anonymous doctors. 

I’ve been sick for over ten years. Do you think I haven’t tried literally everything to get better? I have electrocuted my brain. I have taken pills with horrific side effects. I have signed up for every experimental procedure I could find. They put magnets on my head. MAGNETS! I have tried “alternative” medicine. I sold my car and pretty much all my possessions to afford an osteopathic treatment guaranteed to make me better. I put myself in great medical debt for the slim chance that maybe something would help. I ate nothing but lettuce, rice cakes, and bland organic chicken for a year. I drank nothing but filtered water.

None of it helped.

Healthy people need to realize that sometimes people are sick and there is nothing they can do about it. Not everything can be fixed by avoiding processed foods and diet soda. And not every illness can be avoided if you treat your body like a temple. It is so frustrating that some healthy people think, “Well, if I had CFS I could do this and this and this and it wouldn’t be a problem.” Have you never experienced anything that is out of your control? 

You have no idea what I’ve been through. You haven’t taken the scariest sleep medication there is and had a panic attack because it made you feel like you were dying. You haven’t had to put a piece of rubber in your mouth to keep you from biting off your tongue while they force you to have convulsions with electricity. You haven’t spent everything you had for supplements, injections, and nasty powdered “mitochondria-boosting” drinks and had your hopes dashed because it did absolutely nothing. 

If I want to eat an occasional hamburger… if I want to have a diet soda from time to time, I’m going to have one. And it isn’t going to make me any better or worse. It’s just going to make me go “yum, that is tasty.” 

A few other points…

  • Antibiotics saved my life. I had an infection and went into septic shock. A hundred years ago I would be dead. 
  • You do just “catch” things. All the time. And sometimes you are born with things.  
  • Soda isn’t deadly. It may be a variable or contributing factor to health problems for some people, but calling it deadly is ridiculous. 
  • Please stop sending me diets. I know about all the diets.
  • I have by no means given up on getting better. I pay close attention to the research and try anything I think might help. 

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Asker Anonymous Asks:
As a direct support provider I feel like I need to add my two cents about the caregiver thing. I'm disgusted. I work with people with profound multiple handicaps. And I have never once felt that way...I have, however, met a lot of people who tell me that I do or should feel this way. My job is awesome, the things people think are tough (personal care) is a small part of it. The biggest part is helping people devalued by society to lead valued, happy, productive lives.
thisisableism thisisableism Said:
tw eugenics

If I had my way, I would build a lethal chamber as big as the Crystal Palace, with a military band playing softly, and a Cinematograph working brightly; then I’d go out in the back streets and main streets and bring them in, all the sick, the halt, and the maimed; I would lead them gently, and they would smile me a weary thanks; and the band would softly bubble out the ‘Hallelujah Chorus’.”

D. H. Lawrence on how to cure the social ills of Britain. 1908

tw death

witwisdomwhiskey:

Modern Darwinism

Read a news article today about teens running across subway tracks in NYC leading to someone getting killed. In Colorado, another one died due to a trend where you choke yourself to get a high. Both articles said, “We need to do something to stop this!” My advice, keep on keeping on you crazy kids! I believe this is Darwinism at work. If you are gifted with the lack of intelligence required to engage in these activities, and death is an understood outcome, I say let ‘em play. If you think this is cold and callous way of looking at it you may be right. Then again, when people of substandard intelligence with no moral compass who give nothing meaningful to the world, such as the entire Jersey Shore cast, are idolized by thousands then perhaps it’s time to stop trying to protect stupid people from themselves.

You really need to revaluate your life if you truly believe this.

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daijoubooty:

attention everyone in the long island area if you could please just take the time out to boost this my family and I would appreciate it so much. 
I am in central NJ area, away from home for school. I just found out my father has not returned from work. My family is searching for my Dad who is missing.

He is 70” 165lbs his name is Donald Dixon. He was last seen in Battery Park and last known location was going over the Throgs Neck Bridge (this is around long island, so I was told) at 01:30 am this morning. He was driving a white box truck with Konica Minolta graphics all around. He might be very confused and not know where his home is. If you see him or a vehicle fitting this description please call or text 201-566-0017 or your local police dept.

Otherwise please include him in your prayers for a speedy and safe return. Please please please signal boost, my heart is breaking for my father and my family just want him back safely. Thank you so much. 

 

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For the Anon defending "what's your excuse" terminology paired with images of disabled people. It builds disabled people up to unrealistic expectations and makes us feel bad when we can't live up to those expectations. Alone neither is inherently harmful but when paired it becomes inspiration porn. It insinuates that disabled people are there present only to be ogled and trivializes disabilities by insinuating that every PWD can do the things pictured. Plus it's motivation through guilt. YUCK
thisisableism thisisableism Said:

All of that ^ and as you said, even for able bodied people those images are not super great because no one really needs motivation through guilt.

yo just fyi, tumblr user bworq and cohorts are being super ableist. she creepily reblogged one of my posts and all i know is i tagged it "slurs" and "ableism" so they may be trolling these tags for ppl to harass
thisisableism thisisableism Said:

Tw rape for my answer below

I checked out bworq’s blog (I only saw one post on cohorts’s blog, maybe they deleted stuff?) and it’s one of those situations where I would recommend people to block them (so bworq can’t see the posts in the ableism tag) They are most certainly a troll that encourages misogynistic, racist, and ableist behavior from the quick look I took at their blog. They were actually encouraging people to rape other people. They remind me a little bit of aseasonedplateofmurder (another troll blog) who is also thebookofjennifer. Aseasonedplateofmurder similarly said men can’t be rape victims and that they weren’t white anymore, though bworq is more extreme from the looks of it. They seem to be the type of troll that legitimately lives for this, so I wouldn’t advise anyone to interact with them. Thanks for the heads up!

Asker Anonymous Asks:
Not to mention how damaging - vastly, colossally damaging - that "follow your dreams" rhetoric is to people whose dreams are forever beyond their reach because of their disability. I have schizophrenia. Across my life I've aspired to be a doctor, a linguist, a writer. I have sacrificed my health in pursuit of each of these dreams for years, and got nowhere because my cognition continues to collapse. Nobody wants to hear or accept that sometimes surviving day-to-day is itself a victory.
thisisableism thisisableism Said:

I totally agree that a lot of people don’t want to hear that. It all goes back to the fact that disabilities do present real limitations, and what one disabled person can do another may not be able to. Disabilities vary greatly, and its very discouraging to see people generalize disability and say “Well if so and so did x, then why can’t you?”  or something along those lines.

Asker Anonymous Asks:
Is it still inspiration porn if it's about an disabled dog?
thisisableism thisisableism Said:

If it has the classic inspiration porn quotes, [What’s your excuse? The only real disability is a bad attitude. Limitations only exist in your mind. Etc] then in my opinion yea. But I generally focus on the ones with the pictures of disabled people, because I feel like it’s a lot different to use a picture of an actual person to get the message across than an animal. 

Asker ssb4sheik Asks:
To the "what's your excuse" anon: The issue with that picture (and inspiration porn in general) is that it is actually quite harmful. It perpetuates the idea that we are all positive, and make no excuses or self pitying comments. It makes us to be less than human because that sort of behavior is human nature. In itself it is another form of ableism. you are not putting us down or denying our rights. you're putting us on a pedestal, but we are still not quite human. Hope this is clear for you! :)
thisisableism thisisableism Said:

Yes, and there are a lot of negative consequences for people who break outside of the happy, motivational, disabled person stereotype. We’re told that it’s our fault we’re disabled, that if we just had a better attitude we wouldn’t have any limitations, etc. 

ladynerd:

rainbowrosepetals:

thisisableism:

(submission) Possible tw for mockery of SI and ED, and the mistreatment of disabled people.

(I am 21 years old. Five years earlier, I was in hospital for operations to remove tumors, but I lost 11 lbs. in the process. Since then, I have had…

What the fuck, someone please tell me this didn’t actually happen! Who are these people who just come up to strangers and berate them and insult them for how they look, for no freaking reason? And why do women insist on hating each other and shaming each other for their bodies? Ladies, stop that internalized misogynistic shit. We need to stick together, and not tear each other down.

And why the fuck did she ONLY get 70% off her meal? That shit should’ve been free. Although honestly if something like that happened to me, I would probably just get up and leave the restaurant…

cthulhu:

  • Having an inability to preform a certain task(s) thought to be commonplace in most human abilities. Can manifest physically, mentally, occupationally (or unders certain circumstances) or two or all of the above.

What being disabled is not:

  • Having an inability to preform a certain, developed skill not typical of most people.

 What being disabled is definitely not:

  • Having an inability to perform a task or skill that and otherwise disabled individual can.

If I hear one more person tell me that I’m not really disabled because I can’t do something better than them, or that their not being able to do something, that I spent years learning how to do, is somehow on par with my being disabled, especially if they tell me that they UNDERSTAND I how I feel because of their inferiority complex

I’m going to rise from the deep and destroy everything

cthulhu out

missingagloe:

If you see a picture of some kind of assistive device on tumblr, you should let it cross your mind that MAYBE it has an actual purpose and actually HELPS other human beings in their daily lives.

Maybe you should consider that

  • that unusual looking sex aid device, 
  • that unconventional mobility aid
  • that bathroom contraption you have never seen before
  • any other thing that helps people physically accomplish tasks
  • or even just escalators in places that seem silly to you

Are things that some people actually NEED in order to go about their lives and do the same things you are LUCKY enough to do without any assistance.

And maybe instead of reblogging the photo of the whatever-it-is with a caption like “Who’s this lazy?!”  or “lmao that thing looks so awkward!” you should take a moment to think about whether or not you’re being an ass.  And then maybe take a minute to say to yourself “Hmm, some people can’t live their lives the way I do, and I feel really grateful that every day tasks come so easily to me that I do not need any kind of devices like this one.  Maybe I should refrain from reblogging this with some kind of rude comment because I desire not to be a terrible person.”  

Because every single “Haha that thing is ridiculous!” and every silent reblog of that sentiment screams “I’m a person who doesn’t think about any experience outside of my own narrow version of life and I DON’T CARE about other kinds of people.”