Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Some Insights Into 'Disability Studies'

From the same social justice warrior general group that promotes that racism is systemic, there is a discipline known as Disability Studies.

According to this thinking, it is part of the power structure to attempt for doctors to fix a person's disability. To fix a disability is ruining a person's disability experience and suggesting that it is better to not be disabled.

James Lindsay explains:
Dis/ability studies today are almost entirely dominated by the Social Justice approach, which draws heavily upon Michel Foucault’s work on social constructions around madness and sexuality. As such, most of the work in dis/ability studies today argues that unjust power dynamics about disabilities are socially constructed by scientific and medical discourses that assume it is preferable if all one’s body parts work and seek to cure or mitigate conditions in which they don’t function. Drawing upon Foucault’s postmodern analyses of power-knowledge and biopower explicitly—specifically, that just as homosexuality was once thought to be a disorder needing treatment due to moralistic prejudice against LGBT people—this approach theorizes that we also perceive disability as a problem to be treated because of moralistic prejudice against disabled people. For this reason, dis/ability studies today draws very significantly upon queer Theory and tends to see being disabled as just another way to be queer, i.e. to subvert and disrupt normativities.
Dis/ability studies and the activism pertaining to it is most concerning when it seeks to discourage disabled people from seeking treatment for treatable conditions by attributing this to internalized ableism. Under this doctrine, a disabled identity is made central to disability, and a desire to be able-bodied is cast as a type of false consciousness that supports and perpetuates ableist views in society—that it is better or more normal to be able-bodied rather than disabled. In this way, disability studies combines ideas from queer Theory and critical race Theory in adopting an anti-normative (queer Theory) identity-first (critical race Theory) model of disability (for the purposes of advancing identity politics). At the extremes of this model can be found activists who argue most unhelpfully and from a place of profound confusion that the desire to remedy disabilities is a form of genocide, in that if all the disabilities of a certain type were cured, no such disabled identities would exist (and thus, the disabled identity in question would be systematically eradicated by powerful outsiders, i.e., a “genocide”).
Madness is beginning to dominate the world. As can be seen, from this perspective, a "normal" person can't win to even help others because it is just considered an exercise of power regardless of the situation.


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