“Atheist are routinely asked how people will know not to rape and murder without religion telling them not to do it, especially a religion that backs up the orders with threats of hell. Believers, listen to me carefully when I say this: When you use this argument, you terrify atheists. We hear you saying that the only thing standing between you and Ted Bundy is a flimsy belief in a supernatural being made up by pre-literate people trying to figure out where the rain came from. This is not very reassuring if you’re trying to argue from a position of moral superiority.”—10 Myths Many Religious People Hold About Atheists, Debunked (via sourdoughislife)
I am a gimp. a crip, disabled with cerebral palsy. The story of me lurching up the mountain begins not on the mountain, but with one of the dominant images of disabled people, the supercrip. A boy without hands bats .486 on his Little League team. A blind man hikes the Appalachian Trail from end to end. An adolescent girl with Down syndrome learns to drive and has a boyfriend. A guy with one leg runs across Canada. The nondisabled world is saturated with these stories: stories about gimps who engage in activities as grand as walking 2,500 miles or as mundane as learning to drive. They focus on disabled people “overcoming” our disabilities. They reinforce the superiority of the nondisabled body and mind. They turn individual disabled people, who are simply leading their lives, into symbols of inspiration.
Supercrip stories never focus on the conditions that make it so difficult for people with Downs to have romantic partners, for blind people to have adventures. for disabled kids to play sports. I don’t mean medical conditions. I mean material, social, legal conditions. I mean lack of access, lack of employment, lack of education, lack of personal attendant services. I mean stereotypes and attitudes. I mean oppression. The dominant story about disability should be about ableism, not the inspirational supercrip crap, the believe-it-or-not disability story….
(I’ve been wondering about the reclamation of slurs such as “gimp” or “crip” for disabled people. Is it just for people with mobility-related disabilities? What about cognitive disabilities? I remember watching this video by these two writers/activists with disabilities whose names I can’t remember, and one of them was an amputee and the other had something similar to what I have, with chronic fatigue and pain, and both used the term crip. I think the one with the fibromyalgia-type thing was named Lakshima? Does anyone know what I’m talking about? It was a good video and it got me thinking about the terms. I mean, I haven’t been able to go to school for a couple of years because of this, so it’s fairly bad, but I still would never feel comfortable using those words because it feels appropriative. What do you all think?