Anonymous asked: im sorry but can you explain what is ableism, i have never heard of it
I’m able-bodied so I’m not the best to answer but I’ll try my best (and people who are disabled can add to it if they want).
Ableism is when disabled people are being oppressed/discriminated/disregarded by able-bodied people (or just society in general).
Or a more eloquent definition (link):
Ableism is discrimination against people with disabilities, including the expression of hate for people with disabilities, denial of accessibility, rejection of disabled applicants for housing and jobs, institutionalised discrimination in the form of benefits systems designed to keep people with disabilities in poverty, etc.
Disabilities can include physical, mental, or developmental disabilities
Ableism unfortunately talked as much about as other -isms in social justice (and if it is it’s usually just one word about it included in a text post). So much for intersectionality…
Here’s a bunch of links about ableism (provided by Josefin):
- What Is Ableism? Five Things About Ableism You Should Know (and FWD in general)
- A great quote from AJ Withers’ book “Disability Politics and Theory”
- The Forgotten Minority
- How To Be And Ally To The Disabled (please read the tags too)
- Are You Being Ableist? You Might Be Surprised
- The Invisible Backpack of Able-Bodied Privilege Checklist
I get asked this question a lot, so when I saw this post, I was already planning to reblog it. Then I saw my own post linked in it and got excited!
So here you go - for everyone who has asked what ableism is and why they aren’t familiar with the term.
Lucky Number 3 Giveaway!
So Sept. 7 marks the 3 year anniversary of the release of THE DUFF. Since three is one of my lucky numbers, I thought “Hey, I should celebrate!” and what better way to celebrate than to give things away!
Going through my stuff this weekend, I found lots of fun prizes to giveaway - and now I”m going to tell you all a fun way to win them!
Since DUFF is an acronym for Designated Ugly Fat Friend, I have decided to initiate a challenge. To enter this giveaway, all you need to do is reblog this post along with an acronym of your making - anything you want! Then tell me a summary of the story that has that acronym as a title.
Be creative! Be original!
Next MONDAY (Sept. 7) I will pick my favorites, and the top three entries will win one of the following prizes:
1.) All 3 of my novels (THE DUFF, SHUT OUT, A MIDSUMMER’S NIGHTMARE) in signed, paperback form.
2.) A SHUT OUT gym bag filled with assorted fun goodies, including audio books of THE DUFF and SHUT OUT with boxes signed.
3.) A signed THE DUFF poster and a signed UK edition of THE DUFF.
If you have any questions, drop them in my “ask” box. This contest is US/Canada only (sorry, guys!)
Have fun and good luck!