Turned up the saturation. Eyeliner sharp enough to slay a man.
Little things like re-dying my hair can be so, so healing during a time filled with much turbulent self awareness regarding my body and chronic illnesses.
Who would have known that having brightly colored aqua-dipped hair could bring such wellness?
A fresh coat of paint on my nails and a few flicks of liquid eyeliner help me feel that much more alive.
Femme is healing. Color is healing.
I can be healed and find control through levels of visibility.
The best lift doors ever…
Snapped at the Technogym Wellness Valley. A message to employees and visitors to take get more active. Gotta love this.
Plus: Other oddities, amusements and fascinating things I’ve stumbled across being a slightly obsessed runner.
To quote an excellent article by Lesley Kinzel:
“[W]hat’s wrong with positively encouraging people to use the three minutes they’d spend in an elevator to exercise instead? Nothing, on the surface. Unfortunately though, these efforts don’t happen in a vacuum — they happen in context with a lot of other, less positive messages. They happen in the same culture that condemns any perceived laziness and less-than-perfect physical condition as moral failures. And that’s where things get a little more complicated.
“While stairs-encouragement may have some positive effects, it has negative ones too. Culturally, it places a heavy value on the ability to climb stairs in the first place, and marks this as both “normal” and the perferred state of things. It reinforces the idea that disabled bodies (or bodies that just aren’t in good enough shape to run up a few floors) are somehow broken, mismanaged or defective, and together with the plethora of other ableist crap we live with every day, this has a powerful and cumulative impact on their quality of life. In a world that sees good physical condition as a signifier of morality and good character, this is a problem.
“Disabled folks’ ability to get around is essentially being sacrificed in favor of feel-good cosmetic changes that let public institutions pat themselves on the back for being so forward-thinking. Ironic.”
So no thanks - The message here isn’t that employees and visitors should get more active, the message is that they should feel guilty for needing or wanting access to mobility aids. That’s not something that I can get behind or support.
there are plenty of social justice causes on Tumblr that I can support, but this one just makes my blood boil each time I see it. Is this seriously a thing? Who’s going to give someone in a wheelchair a hard time about not being able to take the stairs? Is it impossible for someone disabled to see this and simply think “obviously they are not referring to me?” This seems like a major case of making a mountain out of a molehill.
Several people have reblogged this post in order to share their stories. If you do not have the time to scroll through the notes, you may want to click here, here, here, here and here for a start.
For some outside reading, in addition to the article linked about, you can also see here, here and here.
There are lots of people who feel that it is their duty to police wheelchairs, disabilities and medical problems of all kinds. Memes have even been made for the purpose of mocking wheelchair users. Not to mention that many people would rather photograph a disabled person and post it online to laugh about than actually help someone in trouble. We live in a culture that outright doesn’t value people with disabilities, and you really thing that no one would ever make a person feel bad about their mobility aid?
Remember that this isn’t just about people who use wheelchairs - It is about all disabilities and personal situations that may make the stairs an impossibility. When people are explicitly and repeatedly told that they are lazy and that their medical problems are entirely their own fault (or that the problems don’t even exist!), it’s not surprising that they’ll feel hurt by campaigns that outright deny their needs. If this advertisement “obviously” is not “referring to me,” then where is that distinction made? Where are disabilities being taken into account? Where are the campaigns that remind everyone about how elevators are often necessary and good?
Why should the health and accessibility of disabled bodies be pushed aside in order to promote the health of able bodies?
Also, from a mental health aspect, I became disabled at 31. And yeah, even though campaigns like that obviously aren’t targeted to people like me, it DOES have an affect.
You know what blows? Being reminded over and over and over and over and over again of things that you can’t fucking do that you COULD have done like.. a year ago.
So yeah, I know those campaigns aren’t about “me.” But it still fucking stings. Especially if you’re someone who doesn’t necessarily “look” disabled. If you think I’m not being judged while I’m leaning on my crutches waiting for an elevator- you’re completely oblivious to the way the world works.
Trust me, I’d LOVE to be able to skip the elevator and take the fucking stairs. I don’t need to be reminded YET AGAIN that I just fucking can’t anymore.
Invisible disabilities exist. Recognize.