Most able-bodied people (and even some disabled people who have become such later in life) have no idea why calling any and all achievements of disabled people “inspirational” are offensive. I want to lay out a clear explanation as best I can for all of you but I can only speak…
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Barbara Gordon is in a category of her own because not only is her story (post New 52) ableist, it is an insidious trope. I’ve talked about this before in comparison to Professor X:
Professor Xavier has gone in and out of his wheelchair many times, most of which I was too young and ignorant to appreciate the gravity of, and although I would say there are some big differences in how it was done, it is still unforgivable. Is this enough for me to boycott Marvel? No. The same would be for DC if the only unforgivable thing they did was cure Barbara Gordon, but it was one of many things they’ve done recently.
I feel it’s important to point out at least one reason why there is a difference between Barbara Gordon and Professor Xavier:
Barbara Gordon’s “recovery” wasn’t even a plot device, she was just miraculously cured in one fell swoop. This is a very insidious trope that I take very personally. Disability isn’t something that people understand, or even want to understand, and the media has used this trope so many times and that it has created a doxa that disability can be overcome through faith or strength of will.
I have literally had people, ones I’ve known and ones I haven’t, come up to me to tell me how ashamed I should be for being in a wheelchair because if I wanted it bad enough I could be cured. One childhood playmate insisted this was true because she had seen it happen many times in movies.
Because of Barbara Gordon some disabled child is going to be bullied and shamed for their genetics.
This will never happen with Professor Xavier because he never just got better. No one has ever told me that the reason I’m in a wheelchair is because an alien hadn’t fallen in love with me and through the powers of science and magic found a cure for my disability.
Taking away the characters disability is never acceptable but the way in which it’s done is important.
As for Flash, he was never cured, he uses a supernatural prosthetic. I see nothing wrong with this just as I see nothing wrong with Karma who is in a similar situation.
This does not erase disability
It’s also why it’s laughable that people call Gail Simone a feminist.
So… I did that screencap redraw thing.
I am sorry u_u
some schools know how to have fun, and I was never in any of them
The ”only interesting” thing in my school is a guy from Canção Nova (a catholic tv channel) talking about how drugs are bad, but he only talked about his cool life with drugs, are always with sucess, fame, playing football, orgys (there was freaking 10 year old on the talking).
But after he found Jesus, he didn´t do it those stuff… and he sounded sad on the find Jesus part and now working on Canção Nova.
After this, even some teachers days later questioned about what he trying to explain against drugs.
I don´t remember now if it was another one from Canção Nova, saying all schools had a case of to many fetus being aborted and cloging the toilet but it´s sounded of course like bullshit, i think it was a talk about sex education, but from the church so lots of ”women can´t do that because sluts and sins and sex begin with penertation and only ends it”
But my University is so much better now.
Kill the idea that naivety is an unforgivable flaw but cynicism is just wisdom, murder it, chop it up and serve it for dinner, I don’t care, just end this bullshit idea that it’s better to hate than to love and better to rot in miserable bitter resignation than to hope for the best.
i don’t know why i laughed so hard but
buT NO THATS LITERALLY ESSENTIALLY WHAT HE DID
do you guys remember that one post about how men feel entitled to take up so much space and women have to deal with a lot less?
This is actually a documented thing. You always see men on the subway or tube or whatever using both armrests while women sit with their arms hunched together into their laps. That’s why I always make a point to take up at least one if not both armrests of the tube so men can be uncomfortable for once.
^ again, for all the people telling me posting this picture is complaining too much.
In my college classes (and high school too) guys were always stretching, sticking fists and elbows in my face, leaning their heads back over my desk, over my work, spreading their legs out, kicking my bag with their dirty shoes. And let’s not pretend they were in other guys’ space as much as they were in women’s.
It’s so true, this happens to me every day on the train. Same with the walking thing, women will weave out of the way whereas men just walk straight and plow down anything in their path. I always end up playing chicken with men on the sidewalk now, because I refuse to move out of their way.
I love playing chicken with dudes who hog the sidewalk. BODY CHECK! Fucking assholes.
“NOT ALL MEN ARE LIKE THIS!” FUCK OFF.
“AS A MAN, I THINK THAT…” FUCK OFF.
Men always have the same defensive bullshit to spout every time they get called out on their shit. AND IT IS BORING. They remind me of those toys where you pull a string an they have like 5 phrases they can say. Over and over and over.
same here with playing chicken, its hilarious sometimes because they get this flash of realization in their eyes that says ‘holy shit, she’s NOT going to move/??? what do????’ because THEY ARE SO USED TO EVERYONE MOVING FOR THEM
when i was younger my grandpa drew this on a piece of paper,
and he asked me how i, as the red circle, would get around the two people (black circles) if i was walking down the street.
so of course i came back with
moving out of the way for them as i walked.
he asked me if i thought men would do the same and, at the time, i did because i thought it was just common courtesy. but he told me that men would barrel straight through without giving a shit and that i should do the exact same. because i was the one walking and they were the ones in the way. so that’s exactly what i do.
i find this really fascinating because this actually what defines so-called masculine and feminine traits and gestures. the whole limp-wrist thing? that’s someone decreasing the amount of space they take up by not extending their arm fully. same with crossing one’s legs, how it’s considered more masculine to swing your shoulders when you walk creating a wider gait instead of your hips, how someone who holds their elbows tightly into their torso instead of letting them fall more loosely at their sides is considered feminine.
taking up space is not just a frequent habit of males in our culture, its actually how society thinks masculinity is supposed to be expressed.
It’s also why you can seriously freak people out if you’re a woman by sitting back in your chair and draping your arm over the backrest of the one beside it.
It’s claiming space, and more importantly, it’s powerful body language. In primates (including humans), the individual that “opens” its chest—that is, leaves it open to attack—is the most dominant of them, precisely because it shows a confidence that no one WILL attack you.
Look at someone who’s comfortable vs someone who’s uncomfortable—the uncomfortable person will inevitably cross their arms or cover their chest to in an instinct to protect the thoracic cavity.
So, when you want to look HELLA confident, open up your chest and make direct eye contact. It feels weird (for women!) at first, but it’s the fastest way to freak a dude out. They genuinely do not know what to do when a woman displays behaviour they recognize as confident.
This was interesting. Literally never thought about it before.