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Station in Life, Disabilities & Imagery

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Station in Life, Disabilities & Imagery

“Inspiration porn is harmful to society and people with disabilities for two main reasons. First, inspiration porn encourages “ableism,” which defines people by their disability and classifies them as inferior to those who are nondisabled. Second, inspiration porn distracts us from looking at the real issues.” ~Joy Thomas

The introduction below is for an article that will help you understand the significance of inspiration porn. To improve humanity by changing the way we perceive one another, let’s begin by understanding everyone desires to belong.

My friend, Joy Thomas, wrote a through-provoking piece “Inspiration or Ableism? How To Tell The Difference.” In the article, she talks about inspiration porn and offers in-depth thoughts on what our reaction to it means. 

As a member of the homo sapiens species, I am in awe, and to some degree saddened, by our differences. In awe, because I can’t comprehend how no one is a carbon copy with over 7 billion people on our planet. Likewise, I’m saddened because it sometimes feels like we place a greater value on which groups from which we come.

Except for my membership within people with disabilities (PwDs), I don’t know what it’s like to belong to any other majority group. Being an African-American female over age 50 with a disability places me in several marginalized categories of humans. I’m saying this to let you know that I have experience in what it’s like to be ‘different’ on many levels. While I won’t be considered acceptable to everyone, I do not and will not consider myself less valuable than another human being.

“Broken Crayons Still Color”

As human beings, we are complex and our world is massive. It makes sense that we would bond to those with shared commonalities. Additionally, it makes sense that our individual biases could prevent us from widening our circle.

When we qualify or compare our station in life to another person from a place of being better it’s problematic. While broken crayons may still color, as humans who are we to determine who’s broken? So please, when you have a moment check out Joy’s article on Crixeo.

Station in Life Featured Image Description:

A close-up view of a single dandelion plant with several seeds floating in the air. The plant is set against a clear blue sky background.

 

 

4 thoughts on “Station in Life, Disabilities & Imagery

  1. Love your introduction, dear Stehphanae. I wish more people would realize, that belief-systems are often passed on by society around us and we have the choice to be open-minded.

    1. Thank you Patty! 💖

  2. I like this post and the links, as well. I am finding it hard to convey my thoughts, so suffice it to say, you are right in every respect. I have talked with “able-bodied,” “normal” people about inspiration porn, and they don’t understand. Do inspiration porn and ableism fuel one another?

    Despite everything we can think of to classify people, we are all the same.

    1. George I had writer’s block for 2 weeks just trying to think of an intro for Joy’s piece. I knew what I wanted to say but had a very hard time coming up with the right words. Over the weekend they finally came to me but I’m sure as time goes on I’ll tighten it up some more.

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