Disability Porn

Oh sorry… I meant “Inspirational Porn”.  *grin*

Now, before you hit the backspace in utter disappointment… *sigh*

No, it’s ok.  I get that yet another blog on inspiration porn is probably going to drive you mad, whereas disability porn… well, that has some potential!

For those that are happy to read most anything to do with disability, here’s the thing:

Today, I read some other blogs talking about “inspiration porn” (for an explanation if you need one, Stella Young has written the all-time bestest article here about it!).  It was the usual stuff about how getting up and brushing our teeth isn’t “inspiration” if a person with a disability does it, any more than it is if a “normal” person does it.

And reading the usual type of article about inspiration porn (and thank goodness the word is getting out there at all!), I got to thinking about something my husband and I saw on television a few weeks ago.  Here, let me show you…

Now, my husband was the first to groan and complain (only because he saw it first – I wasn’t paying attention).  As people who have a little to do with gymnastics, we are well aware that this is basic stuff, even with a wheelchair stuck to your arse.

For a gymnast, this “trick” is the equivalent of brushing your teeth.

Now, don’t get me wrong.  I love to see someone with such awesome body strength that he can get himself up a rope (or equivalent).  And it looks GREAT when he also has a wheelchair stuck to his arse.  I mean, that visual is amazing!  I give him props for upper body strength and for having a good sense of humour.

But… it’s still basic stuff.  The people in the audience didn’t cheer when he climbed the rope (the hard part), or laugh that he had a wheelchair stuck to his butt.  No, they loved it when the rope was swung around by someone else.  She was the one doing the work – he was just dangling.  I mean, literally.  He wasn’t even holding on at that stage.

It certainly didn’t deserve the media attention it got (at the expense of other, better, acts).  Headlines such as “Wheelchair Acrobat” (um, no acrobatics involved there sorry), or “Wheelchair Bound Superman Soars To Great Heights“.  Superman?  A hero, or just really strong?  Because yeah, he’s pretty strong.  But so are a lot of other people.  He is not a hero.  Not for this anyway.

Then there was this comment at News.com.au – “The former Paralympic athlete will do a thrilling gymnastic aerial routine that wouldn’t be out of place in Cirque du Soleil – except that he is in a wheelchair.”

We know a kid who would have gone on to work for Cirque du Soleil if he hadn’t banged up his shoulder.  I’m thinking that Colin here has never seen gymnastics before, because this. is. basic.  I’ve seen eight year old’s do more “thrilling” floor routines.

At the end of the day, if this act was done in the same way by someone without a disability, they wouldn’t have made it past the front door.

Maybe he’s a great guy for persisting with the weights.  I couldn’t do that.  It would bore the crap out of me.  Maybe he’s a great guy for having a good sense of humour, assuming the wheelchair stuck to his arse part of the act was one of humour, and not just to get people to feel sorry for him.  Maybe he’s a great guy because he’s just a great guy.  But none of those are because he has a disability.  And none of those are what got him through the show.

If we ever want to see equality, we need to stop thinking that normal acts are something special just because someone with a disability is doing them.  Then maybe, when someone with a disability doesn’t go to the shops, we ask ourselves what on earth is stopping them (lack of support and/or equipment) rather than believe that this normal act takes some kind of specialness that obviously this person just doesn’t have.  And then forgetting about it.

You want to see a true act of inspiration porn?  Go to Canberra.  People there are earning over $200 000 a year – and they don’t have a brain OR a soul.

Disability consumer and activist. Pissed off since 1995... Mad as a hatter since way before that.

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  1. […] Oh sorry… I meant "Inspirational Porn". *grin* Now, before you hit the backspace in utter disappointment… *sigh* No, it's ok. I get that yet another blog on inspiration porn is probably going…  […]

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