able bodied privilege

Contrary to popular belief, ableism as well as other forms of discrimination such as racism, can and DO exist in some parts of the solarpunk community despite the “Tenants” of solarpunk being built on equality for all 

Because there are privileged able-bodied/white/etc fans who’s discrimination often goes unchecked, especially since they (and others) in the community tend to assume that just because they’re a solarpunk fan, they therefore can’t be bigoted or exclusionary in their actions 

Just some food for thought, from a solarpunk enthusiast 

HULK TALK PRIVILEGE -  WHAT TRAITS SOCIETY DEEMS DESIRABLE, AND SPECIAL TREATMENT OR RIGHTS HUMAN RECEIVES FOR HAVING.  HUMANS WITH PRIVILEGE STILL CAN SUFFER - EVERYONE SUFFERS. BUT YOU STILL GET SPECIAL TREATMENT FOR MANY OTHER TRAITS.

HULK ABLE-BODIED, SO HULK NEVER WORRY ABOUT USING DOOR OR IF ELEVATOR IS WORKING. HULK IS A MAN, SO HULK NOT HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT WALKING ALONE AT NIGHT. HULK UNAFRAID OF POLICE YELLING AT HULK BECAUSE HULK IMMUNE TO BULLETS. HULK WELL REPRESENTED IN MEDIA. SOME PEOPLE HAVE MANY DISADVANTAGES, WHICH BRINGS EVEN MORE PROBLEMS AND JUDGEMENT TO FACE.

BUT HULK AWARE THAT NOT EVERYONE IS ABLE-BODIED MEN IMMUNE TO BULLETS, SO HULK NEED TO HELP OUT.  BEING HERO MEANS HULK NEED TO THINK ABOUT HOW HULK IS LUCKY AND NOT ASSUME EVERYONE HAS SAME OPPORTUNITIES AND BATTLES TO FIGHT. “check your privilege” MEAN STOP ASSUMING BATTLE SOMEONE ELSE FACES IS SAME AS YOUR OWN.

EDIT: I’ve responded to criticism of this post here.  Original post follows:

Anarchists are weird.

At first it’s like you’re hearing them make all these great points about societal problems like racism, poverty, and prisons. Then it’s on to the inherent violence of capitalism and it’s all good.  But then they get on this anti-technology kick which includes being against a lot of things that genuinely help people survive.

I ask, “Well, what about people that depend on medication to survive or wheelchairs or prosthetic limbs or hearing aids or any number of surgeries, devices, or medications for quality of life or even survival?” But fuck those people, because “nothing matters more” than liberation from tech, industry, and capitalism.  Fuck human life cause you ideals are so important.

Anarchism is ableism.

So the conversations usually die there because they know any response is going to encourage an ableist mindset and once I start to question it, it becomes clear I’m not one of them.  And for that, I’m thankful.

Kylie Jenner doesn’t know how it feels to be uninvited to an event because she’s a wheelchair user. She doesn’t know how it feels to have people staring at her, shouting cripple as they drive past in their car, phones out taking a picture of you. She doesn’t know how it feels to have people invading your personal space because you’re in a wheelchair. Kylie Jenner doesn’t know how it feels to be ignored and hit by bags. She doesn’t know how it feels to have so called ‘disabled toilets’ to be too small for the average size wheelchair.

So sorry if we’re pissed about that photoshoot of an able bodied person posing as a disabled person. We’re sick of able bodied privilege.

I’m just going to make this clear to anyone following me:

I am for everyone’s rights, but I will not and cannot accept ignorant use of privilege. If you are cis, you are privileged. If you are a man, you are privileged. If you are white, you are privileged. If you are able-bodied, you are privileged.

This doesn’t mean that you don’t have your own problems and issues that I can relate to; this means, you are - from BIRTH - at an advantage over a lot of the planet’s population.

-We don’t need to know about cis issues: we know them; it’s common.
-We don’t need to know about men’s issues: we know them; you’re ahead of women by decades. And working with women would solve a lot of yours.
-We don’t need to know about Caucasian issues: we know them; it’s the majority. We barely see anything else.
-We don’t need to know about able-bodied people’s issues: we know them. It takes a while for people to realize that disabled people can’t get into the same places though, doesn’t it?

Give someone else a chance to speak. That’s all I’m saying. I’m not belittling - I’m shifting the focus onto people who need to have their voices heard.


So if you are anti-feminist, promoting het awareness or any of that, please let me know now so I can unfollow you. Start fresh.

Hmm. Well, I mean, I must admit, I do have white PRIVILEGE, able bodied PRIVILEGE (that’s a thing, right?), I’m not CISgender, and I think I’m POLYamorous.

Also, someone said these are basically George Carlin’s “7 dirty little words you can’t say on tv.” Yah or nah?

The Amazing Atheist's "Handicap Spaces Suck" video transcript

Here’s an issue that not a whole lot of people side with me on: handicap parking spaces. I don’t agree with them. I say get rid of handicap parking spaces.

[Mocking, high pitched voice]
Oh my god, you’re a monster! Handicap spaces are so wonderful, they’re the best idea ever!

No, they’re not. They’re stupid, they’re horrible and they’re pointless and there’s no reason for them to exist, and I will prove it to you with my usual sterling, flawless, ironclad logic, thank you very much ladies and gentlemen!

Here we are at a parking lot of a mall. Here’s a handicap spot, and here’s the mall. Let me ask you a question: if you’re incapable of navigating this parking lot, then what business do you have walking around a mall? And if you’re incapable of walking, if you got a wheelchair or something like that, well I’m assuming that wheelchair works just as good out in the parking lot as it does in the mall.

So how is it that you’re perfectly capable of going through the big old mall, but you can’t go through the little old parking lot? It doesn’t make sense!

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thebluedream  asked:

I am white and developmentally disabled. There is a lot of pressure on certain kinds of people to identify as a "person first" and not to call ourselves by our disability identity (for example Autistic, disabled, blind, Deaf, etc). I've been corrected by able people many times. I've always maintained that this is unique among marginalized groups--no one would demand to say a person with femaleness or a person with homosexuality--but is that actually true? I read your post about (cont)

(cont) acknowledging Black. I understood your words better than Kimberlé Crenshaw’s, but I wanted to clarify if I understood correctly. Is “person who happens to be black” an enforced wording (even if not in the same way as person-first language)? Thank you for reading this.

I can’t speak to how to describe the disabilities you’ve named because I have able-bodied privilege in relation to what you named. I have some hearing issues but not total hearing loss; I have full mobility despite some car accident injuries; I have had some mental health issues in adulthood (depression, anxiety, PTSD) but those don’t usually come with an expectation that a person would include those labels as primary identity identifiers. 

In relation to my post you’re referencing, “Black woman” holds more power for me than “woman who happens to be Black.” Both are ways to describe Blackness, but the former makes it clear that race is relevant. Race was made relevant because of racism; it cannot magically be ignored now because both Whites and some Black people (the ones who questioned why/demanded I remove “Black” from one of my posts as a descriptor for a “Black mommy”) want it erased, and for the Whites it is due to guilt, faux racial “colourblindness,” or White supremacist thinking.

I don’t “happen” to be Black. I am unapologetically Black. That’s why I prefer the former wording. 

I am sorry to hear about the pressure to label a certain way and being “corrected.” I do know that if able-bodied people try to tell those with disabilities how to label, the former needs to shut the hell up. The oppressor group always wants to inflict rules and guidelines upon the oppressed. And reclaiming words, subversive labeling, and anti-hegemonic labeling are some of the ways the oppressed can reclaim their own identities and reject the language of oppression. 

And by pretending racial/gender/ability etc. differences do not exist when something good is achieved by a marginalized person, yet when something bad occurs, those differences are highlighted by the privileged group, the privileged reinforce oppression

Hope this cleared up what I meant. Take care. 

i think alot of times we forget that privilege isnt black and white. it isnt like either youre completely privileged or completely oppressed

though im black, queer and neurodivergent.. which are oppressed groups

i still have able-bodied privilege, thin privilege, hearing privilege, western privilege etc… and some other privileges im probably not even aware of

privilege doesnt mean that you face no kind of oppression. it doesnt mean that your life is perfect. it basically means that one or more aspects of your life are tremendously easier(?) than alot of other peoples. theres things that are automatically a given for you that arent for some other people

having privilege doesnt mean youre an awful person. but it means you do have to work harder to be more inclusive and mindful of the people youre privileged over

Look. Saying “not all ____” allows privileged people to separate themselves from the problem and not analyze their behavior if they’ve done something wrong. The oppressed groups obviously know it’s not all privileged people. There are some great allies out there. But if you are part of a privileged group and you get offended by “not all ___” it’s probably an indicator that you’re doing something wrong. If you get called out, examine what you did wrong, do some research, see how you can fix the problematic behavior, apologize for it, and use your voice to help the oppressed voices be heard. It’s really that easy. 

“Well when we let my ten year old autistic sibling have accommodations he started using them as an excuse to be a jerk even thought it was for things he actually needed help with!” Can you please not assume every single autistic person you meet is like your ten year old sibling even if they’re three times his age and have multiple advanced degrees in the thing you’re trying to deny them accommodations for because it might ‘spoil’ them? Kthxbai.

Stuff that is NOT OKAY.

In my calculus classes, I’ve noticed and have experienced abelism by my peers.


I’ve noticed and have experienced ableism by my calculus classmates.

1) This classmate suffers from an illness that allows her through disabled students (DSPS) a desk with her initials so that seat is reserved for her. In calc 1, a woman in that class after sitting in her desk one day, and being told “my initials are here, this is my desk”, by the other classmate, resorted to MOVE HER DESK TO ANOTHER LOCATION in the room, so she’d have that desk space (but with another desk). (PS you’re not supposed to move the desks….)

2) A white, 39 year-old classmate last semester remarked to me, how “that African girl was late to class 15 every day”. (The previous semester in Calc I) SHE’S THE GIRL WITH THE ILLNESS.

3) The white 39 year-old refused to accommodate my disabilities when I insisted I needed to move seats due to distractions in the class which were preventing me from learning. He seriously stated he’d compete with me for that desk which “was his” and ignored my disability claim.

4) He laughed twice when I brought up the fact my take home test was significantly impaired by the fact I had completely run out of my medication during that weekend.

I fucking hate these people. What the fuck is wrong with them? I don’t want to rat out my White friends because (and I mean followers) because I love you guys, but I think it’s strange that the only people not giving a single fuck about people with any sort of disability in these classes are for some reasin…White people. They’re the only ones I witness discriminating against people with mental or physical disabilities. They are the only ones that I witness ignore anyone’s claim, or even have any compassion for someone bringing up that they need accommodations because “I/they matter too”.

Our needs to these people don’t matter. This 39 year-old is taking these classes for FUN. Everyone else is in these classes is in there to transfer to a four year. He already has his masters. TBF his wants or needs don’t matter because he’s not a real student…