So there’s a really ableist side to a chunk of the so-called “feminists” on tumblr.
See, a lot of the “feminists” - and I use that word in quotations because a lot of people on tumblr claim to be feminists when they’re really not - have said things like, “Women need to be strong! Women need to fight!” etc.
Which is great!
Embrace strong women!
And then those “feminists” start posting all of these photos of women flexing muscles or doing next-to-impossible things that require a lot of bodily strength.
Which isn’t bad, per say.
But then those “feminists” take it a bit too far (imagine that) and they start to criticize women who do not meet these standards of strength.
Especially fictional women.
I’ve seen some backlash over characters like Barbara Gordon, whose character was in a wheelchair for two decades. This backlash mostly involves petitions to get her out of the wheelchair because we need our female superheroes to be strong and to look strong and you’ve got Batman over here looking all muscular and strong and awesome but ooooh his female equivalent is still in a wheelchair and that’s sending the wrong message and we need her to get better because feminism!
And last year, I saw some major backlash when Korra ended up being paralyzed and finished the season in a wheelchair. There were people in the Avatar fandom literally posting things about how she can’t be the Avatar anymore and she’s so weak and she was such a feminist icon but now she’s not and that’s why she needs to get better because feminism.
See, these characters go against the typical strong women archetypes that so many “feminists” are trying to endorse. And so they get backlash. Which is really really unfair because those two particular characters are great representation. But no, God forbid they be anything less than physically strong.
Strength isn’t just about physical strength. And I think that these so-called tumblr “feminists” really need to start remembering that.
You can have a disability and still be a BAMF.
The two are not mutually exclusive.
So I guess the point to this long post is:
If you call yourself a feminist but you exclude/bash women with disabilities because they don’t fit your narrow-minded view of ‘strong women’ than you lose! Good day sir/madam!