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okay so I’m writing this paper and realizing that “development” is also sexualized. Like this idea of having to “develop” a nation/national economy/the actual geography of that land to some sort of exploitable (sexual) maturity is really fucking fucked, you know? The idea of cultivating land…
- First off - well done for realising and accepting this is what’s just happened. Unfortunately it is horrible so it’s important to acknowledge that you’re going to feel sensitive and to put whatever you can on hold whilst you regain a feeling of stability.
- Breathe - deep, slow…
So I spent some time thinking about this, and it’s not as polished as I’d like, but it’s what I’ve got. All uses of “you” are general-you.
A lot of ~social justice analysis~ on the internet is very shallow and reductive. For some reason, this seems especially prevalent when it comes to discourse around ableism, probably because people don’t understand it very well.
It’s a lot easier to say “don’t say crazy” than it is to be relaxed and standing next to me in line when I’m stimming out and people are staring.
It’s a lot easier to say “don’t say special needs” than it is to be chill about a supported housing project in your neighborhood.
It’s a lot easier to say “don’t say insane” than it is to boycott restaurants that aren’t wheelchairs accessible.
It’s a lot easier to say “don’t say idiot” than it is to say “talk to her, not to me,” when people start talking about me like I’m not even in the room.
It’s a lot easier to say “don’t say that” than it is to actually address how pernicious and pervasive and sneaky ableism is, how much it gets in your head and poisons the water, and how much you are trained to not see disabled people as people—to not see us at all.