PC Language

I don’t think that we are ever going to find a perfect way to refer to people with disabilities, unfortunately. There are a lot of kooky attempts to find politically correct language. As with all minorities and subgroups, different members will have different feelings about it and everyone should be respectful of that. There may be those who like the phrase “differently abled.” To me it sounds ridiculously, over-the-top cutesy and condescending. The phrase “handicappable” makes me want to throw up. But as usual, my opinion isn’t really the one that matters. Here’s an essay I like: “Differently-abled” There is no good word to use for this, there really isn’t. I resonate with the idea that society is what...

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A YouTube Video

Not my usual fare, but I ran across this on YouTube: I’m glad that the people in this video are happy with the program, I just don’t really understand it. Being able to walk doesn’t make you any less paralyzed. A wheelchair is such a terrible symbol that you would rather move in this painstakingly slow and difficult manner than use one? I think it’s the image of a wheelchair that needs changing. I don’t think people should feel the need to do absolutely everything they can to stay out of one, when it might be the most convienient and safe option for someone. It’s a chair and it has wheels on it. That’s all. It’s a useful, practical, and efficient mode of transportation for many people. It allows freedom and...

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Guzzarish

Guzzarish

I’ve just come back from a trip to India, so I thought it might be appropriate to complain about a new Hindi movie! 🙂 Guzzarish just came out recently and it is a lush and visually stunning movie. Unfortunately, the preview was a whole lot better than the movie itself. I can’t be terribly surprised because India is not very progressed in terms of disability issues, but I still had my hopes high for it. It is about a high level quad who wants to die. What a shock. Sigh. Does no one ever get tired of that plot? How about some creativity, people? It wasn’t clear why he wanted to die. He had been living for fourteen years with his injury. He had a lovely house, a gorgeous nurse who loved him, he had a successful radio program and was...

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Forrest Gump

Forrest Gump

Forrest Gump is a great movie. It’s well written, clever, well shot, well acted, and comes together into a total classic. The only little problem I have with it is Lt. Dan’s struggle to accept himself. Not the struggle itself, that is believable, even though I’m bored to death with the “overcoming disability” plotline. It seems to be the only reason to have a character with a disability in a film. But that’s not the fault of any individual movie. No, the thing that rubs me the wrong way is that part of Lt. Dan pulling himself out of his slump is that he gets prosthetic legs. He goes from unkempt, mean, angry, bitter, in a wheelchair to clean shaven, friendly, has a girlfriend, and is walking. Why is walking a measure of...

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