Pity and The Prom

Disabled Identity

We’ve reached that part of year once again folks, prom season; a time of excitement, overpriced gowns and ableist memes. Most of us, disabled or otherwise, have at one point seen viral photos and stories that involve disabled high schoolers being asked to prom. Generally accepted as feel-good lessons about faith in humanity, these type of posts harmfully exploit disabled people and reinforce the concept that disability should be regarded with pity. Stories of this nature all too often focus on an abled person’s “selfless act” rather than the actual experience of the person who’s been asked. Disabled teens certainly deserve every opportunity that their non-disabled peers have but also deserve the dignity of not being used as Inspiration Porn.

13001225_214958825544416_665824316820150497_nThe most recent example of these parasitic memes making it’s rounds on Facebook, is a photo of a young woman in a wheelchair wearing a dress and holding hands…

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