The NYT calls persons with disabilities complainers

September 10, 2013 at 10:37 AM (Uncategorized) (, , , , )

for asking that PWD play PWD on tv…..

and also assumes that there is a universal reaction of able bodied people when confronted with a disability.

He and the writers know what you know about Mr. Fox and how you are naturally inclined to feel about it — that condescending mix of sympathy and pity and discomfort that any disability brings out in those not directly affected by it.

What a complete load of crap.  Certainly there are able who feel those things, but not every able reaction is either that annoyingly passive agressive or that on the far side of benign.  Reactions range from open acceptance to revulsion, and targeting for violence and everything in between.  Lazy writing

Would have been a good article, but for that sentence. I feel sympathy pity and discomfort for the writer.


  1. Glynis Jolly said,

    I agree that not all abled react the same to disabled. Still, it has been my experience of over 30 years living with my disability that in most cases, it is the initial reaction. Minutes later, or even seconds later, that reaction can change.

    • imfunny2 said,

      in my 51 years, I’ve seen the whole gamut. I will say that the more positive reactions of the uninitiated are rare.

      • Glynis Jolly said,

        Do you think that most react negatively because of fears they don’t want to admit to or are embarrassed about past reactions that weren’t well received? Some, if not most, have fragile egos.

      • imfunny2 said,

        Yes, Glynis I do. I think it’s the dumbest thing in the world that we cause them to be embarrassed about themselves or confront their own fears…but we do.

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