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I'm sure there will be some excellent posts coming out of the "blog against disablism" campaign--in fact, I've already seen one from PuppyBraille.

But just what is "disablism?" I made a comment the other day regarding the idea that a person who happens to be 22 and criticizes me for something may understand my circumstances better in 10 or 12 years; and someone wrote back, "Ageism?" Is this supposed to be like "sexism?" I never use that term anyway. I hate "isms." If I used the term "disablism" with the average person on the street, I would have to explain it--and I can't.

I'm sure the campaign is supposed to be an awareness booster. But I'm not officially participating. If I happen to write something about "disablism" (whatever it is), then it will be a great coincidence. But I'm planning to participate in "quote-ism" and ponder on the meaning of Madeleine L'Engle's philosophy and theology--or at least what her quotes make me think about.


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May. 1st, 2006 02:51 am (UTC)
You raise some excellent points. Labels can be helpful for uniting people behind causes etc..., but I agree that sometimes they are over-used or used in the wrong ways. I hope that ablism/disablism doesn't get used the wrong way.
May. 3rd, 2006 11:03 am (UTC)
Odd, that particular word is a new one to me. I've heard of "ablism" before, and unless I'm barking up the wrong tree it's similar if not the same thing as this "disablism" thing, but honestly, I've heard of worse experiences from other folks than I've had in my life. Then again, perhaps this old brain just did an auto-delete on the incidents instead of archiving them. Just the usual encounters with the folks who speak too loud, ask personal questions when I don't know them from Adam, referred me to religious healers, or were convinced that I was worse off with my blindness than they were with whatever they were dealing with. Damn, funny thing, I don't feel like I'm suffering. Well, since I'm blind how can I be aware of what suffering is when I'm not even supposed to be aware of my spoon aiming for my mouth. Hahahahahaha!

Oh, and BTW, I know you from back in the day on e-mail list land. Unless you find my cynical realism, or is that realistic cynicism an offense to your sensibilities, would you mind if I friended you?
May. 3rd, 2006 02:54 pm (UTC)
Not at all.
I don't mind if you friend me at all, so long as my semi-conservatism doesn't offend you. *smile* Should make for some fun/interesting discussions. I like different viewpoints: they help me clarify my own views.

I don't recognize you... Did you post much? I tended to talk a bunch, so it won't surprise me if people know me and I don't know them back. Hehehe!
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