Put this on repeat until infinity.
[Image: A picture of a severely burned woman. Text reads: ‘Not everyone who gets hit by a drunk driver dies. Don’t drink and drive.’ In the corner there is a picture of a young woman before her accident.]
I just found this little gem on my town’s police department webpage. This is so blatantly ableist and pitying it almost makes me sick. The creator of the poster is quite obviously suggesting that since this woman is severely burned and disabled, that she is living with a fate worse than death. They get away with it too, because most people agree with it.
This poster shows what most able-bodied people think of those with disabilities- we are less than human. Our lives are terrible and not worth living because we are disabled and don’t always live the same way as they do.
Ableism is just as real as any other sort of discrimination, but many people have no idea what it really is.
I think i saw this woman’s story on television years and years ago. She was/is actually in a lot of pain almost all of the time due to the extent of her injuries. From what i remember of her story and injuries, i think her life was worse than death.
This isn’t about being ableist. Jes above me is right. She lives every day in pain, going through countless surgeries and skin grafts so that she can attempt to live a life without pain. This is a mother fucking anti-drunk driving add. They’re not saying she’s less that human, they’re not saying her disability is bad. They’re saying that because of a drunk diver a perfectly healthy young woman was tranformed into a woman that lives in pain every day. Yes, she has a disability. But, her disability is the result of the careless asshole that could have killed her. But, no… He didn’t kill her. He took away so many other things from her without actually killing her. This isn’t saying that her life isn’t worth living at all. What it’s saying is that this woman was hurt, injured, changed against her will, and she had no control over it because some asshole thought he could handle driving under the influence.
Ableism is a huge problem. But, I don’t really think that the message of this poster is that her disability is bad. No, it’s about the fact that someone changed her life with their stupidity.
It honestly doesn’t matter if you think this is ableist or not. Don’t go telling me that this shouldn’t be offensive to me, a disabled person. It is offensive. I’m sick of people telling me I’m being oversensitive.
And why do you agree with the person above? Saying her life is worse than death because of her disability and pain is pretty damn ableist to me and exactly the point I’m making.
I am disabled and in pain every day of my life, pain that will never ever go away. I have scars that deform me, that are whole chunks of flesh missing. Are these people saying that the life I live is worse than death?
Wow okay how about they go eat a fucking bag of dicks.
As a person who was made disabled and disfigured as a result of a careless asshole, I would like to tell the asshats above to promptly swallow my shoe.
Or maybe they could just swallow the whole foot, I’m not using it anyway.
Can’t feel my foot and am in constant pain? Must be a fate worse than death. I guess I should just drop dead for your convenience?
If you are not disabled, you can’t possibly dictate what is or is not offensive to disabled people, and simply expect me to tolerate your ignorant bullshit.
How dare you apply your misconceptions to determine what kinds of lives are worth living.
How dare you, in a society where disabled people have been offered euthanasia instead of treatment; in a society that venerates independence and “normal” or “perfect” bodies—despite these being unattainable and futile ideas; in a society where the perspective of disabled people is vilified and silenced, perpetuate assumptions that disability is unbearable or a fate worth than death.
How dare you imply that I would be better off now if I had switched places with the person sitting an arms-length away.
You disrespectful shits.
I hope you choke on your own bigoted words.