Stella Young: Inspiration porn and the objectification of disability

Stella Young delivers a brief talk on the way that society objectifies people with disabilities – it might surprise you.

This talk, concise and humorous, adds some much needed realism to our perspective on disability.  The video focuses on physical disabilities that are readily visible to others; this visibility is essential to the production of what Ms. Young cleverly calls inspiration porn.

I hope to publish something very shortly regarding invisible disabilities. The social model of disability that Stella Young refers to in her talk will play a role in that future post and so I leave you with a succinct definition:

“The social model of disability identifies systemic barriers, negative attitudes and exclusion by society (purposely or inadvertently) that mean society is the main contributory factor in disabling people.”

 

UPDATE: Promised post entitled “Invisible Disability Stigma“.

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