Thursday, July 5, 2012

Damned if you do, Damned if you don't...

Well the hypothetical grousing about South Africa's paraplegic Olympian has already started. Questions already arising IF he wins, is the win tainted? Do his "blades" give him an unfair edge? So let's get this long as he competes he is a human interest story, but if he does well suddenly it is a problem? He is only an inspiration as long as he doesn't win? Sorry, but this still strikes me as capableist pity. We are fine with disabled individuals being an "inspirational story", as long as it inspires the able bodied to go out and do the real work. If that is the case, then honestly I think those questions are the best thing that could happen for the disabled community. It forces is to deal with such individuals as equals, and not amusing also-rans. Even if we do determine such prostheses to be an unfair advantage (and there are good points to be made), I don't see Usain Bolt going in for leg replacement surgery.

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