This is something that has bothered me for a long time, and actually led to one of the very few spats between the boyfriend and I (quickly mended, once we both cooled off a bit). I really hate the use of disability-based metaphors. Hate them, hate them, hate them. I believe that they’re part of what makes disability such a fearful, distorted, tragic cloud to people who are able-bodied.
It’s all well and good to say they’re bad, but I think it makes more sense if I actually go through some of the more common disability metaphors so you can see what I mean
Crippled – this one gets used ALL THE TIME. The city was crippled by an unexpected snowstorm. The political entity is crippled by corruption. So-and-so was crippled by a powerful emotion. The poor are crippled by their lack of savings. I’ve even heard references to people…
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