Posts tagged abled privilege

Able-Bodied Privilege Checklist

Checklist detailing the privilege of able-bodied people. 

The Privilege of Ignorance

A discussion considering neurotypical privilege.

Something people who talk about privilege don’t talk about much:

Part of your majority privilege is the luxury of being ignorant.

Submitted by diverse-distractions.

Ableist Word Profile: Intelligence

Discussion about the history of the I.Q. test and the words “intelligent” and “stupid”.

Wait! you may be saying to yourselves. Kaninchen Zero, what the hell is ‘intelligence’ doing in the Ableist Word Profile series? Intelligence isn’t a disability!

Okay, so maybe you’re not saying that. But I’m serious. I hate this word. Hate the concept. With a hatred that is a pure and burning flame. True, part of this is because I get told all the time that I’m like wicked smart. When it’s some of the more toxic people in my family saying it, there’s more to it: You’re so intelligent so why are you poor? Other people use it as an opportunity to put themselves down: You’re so smart; I’m not; I could never do the things you do.

The Invisible Crutch

A list modeled off of The Invisible Knapsack of White Privilege concerning abled privilege.

The Invisible Knapsack of White Privilege, conceived by Peggy McIntosh, discusses the many things a white person takes for granted, in list form. As a white person, many of these things were uncomfortable to read, but I also saw reflected in them the things that men, wealthy people, and non-disabled people take for granted.

I’ve decided to build an invisible crutch from things that constitute abled privilege, without repeating too much of what is in McIntosh’s list (so read her list, and substitute “disability” for “color” for many of those things).

Ableist Word Profile: R*tarded

An explanation of the etymology of the word and why it’s offensive.

Welcome to Ableist Word Profile, a (probably intermittent) series in which staffers will profile various ableist words, talk about how they are used, and talk about how to stop using them. Ableism is not feminism, so it’s important to talk about how to eradicate ableist language from our vocabularies.