International Day of People with Disabilities: Hannah Dines – Why I’m sick of ‘inspiration porn’

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By Hannah Dines in BBC Sport.

 

It happens time and time again in Paralympic sport that the story is chosen for us.

Our disability is the negative comparison that makes our positive sporting performance legitimate. We cannot have one without the other. The irony here is that for many Paralympians, their disability is a good thing.

When disability activist Stella Young coined the phrase “inspiration porn” in 2012, it was to describe the portrayal of people with disabilities as inspirational solely, or in part, on the basis of their disability.

Like the preposition “despite”, “you’re so inspirational” only works with a point of contrast.

 

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