Ableist Gif! They’re like, so original and shit.

I came across this little gif in my feed today.

It irritated the fuck out of me. My response?

“Yeah, back in the day they used to think epilepsy was demonic possession, too.”

I cannot tell you how much that “Back in my day…” crap makes me twitch. Throw in some ableism, and I’m ready to go ALL CAPS on my facebook feed.

About Brittany-Ann
Brittany-Ann is a proud, self-identified feminist with fictional tendencies. She currently writes for LouisvilleKY.com and moderates at My Fault I'm Female. She smokes camels, reads Dumas, and navigates a conservative state as "one of them darn liberals."

4 Responses to Ableist Gif! They’re like, so original and shit.

  1. pennylrichardsca says:

    Exactly. Back in the day, not so very long ago, kids like that became teenaged dropouts with few prospects. They might have been brilliant, but without an education that offered what they needed, many of those kids never got the first chance, and we were all the poorer for it. Not sure why that’s anything to be nostalgic about!

  2. Tori says:

    Yep. And I’d guess that both endometriosis and sexual-assault-induced PTSD would both get lumped under “hysteria” or just “LOLwimmenzproblems.”

  3. Andrea Harris says:

    Daydreaming isn’t the same thing as ADHD. Just because a kid zones out for a while in class because he’s bored doesn’t mean he’s got ADHD. This gif is very misleading. A kid with ADHD would be displaying many more symptoms than occasionally not paying attention to the teacher, or glancing out the window, or even (you can’t tell, the photo is focused on the kid so who knows what he’s looking at) looking at something the teacher told them to look at, and he just happens to be leaning his chin on his hand while doing it. Photos are easy to manipulate because of our tendency to treat them like windows on reality, instead of artificial creations like paintings.

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