I have always been ambivalent about various incarnations of U.S. states' "Death with Dignity" and "Assisted Suicide" ballot initiatives. Deconstructionists focus on potential for abuse and a theoretical devaluation of the disabled. Yet the whole of the initiatives is perhaps surpassed by the dissection of individual components. The whole, the intention, the high levels of support surpass individual components which are critiqued. The whole is greater than the sum of its parts, in my mind.
Disability is a fundamental reality of life; the struggle of the severely disabled to simply live and to hold onto life is a defining moment of their existence. The fact that the act of overcoming is used by some people to challenge the abled who whine about their state of being is fine with me...it is NOT "inspiration porn"; it's another way to say "why don't you get a real problem?". And so, I would like to look at "inspiration porn" and "pity porn" as the constructs of some bloggers in the disability world which fail to resonate with me. These are concepts which both my son and I reject as antithetical to our beliefs.
“Inspiration Porn” (as applied to disability) also known as “cripple porn” : A story or image of an individual or group with a disability that emotionally moves or inspires others (usually non-disabled individuals) due to the perceived achievement or perseverence (sic) of the disabled individual over the obstacle of continuing to live each day."
| Sickness will surely take the mind|
Where minds can't usually go.
Come on the amazing journey
And learn all you should know. The Who, "Tommy"