Responding to ableism with ableism. Really?

Yesterday, a comment I made on a Guardian article about ableism was marked as a “Guardian Pick”.

I was really pleased because the original article had questioned whether or not we should get rid of disposable wipes almost as, if you’ll excuse the pun, a “throwaway” comment and not the main thread of the article.

screenshot of Guardian Pick comment

My post was about how any discussion about banning a product should factor in the needs of the disabled or it’s ableism.

I shared my “Guardian Pick” news on social media, where it met with positive responses on Twitter and Instagram. But not so on Facebook.

Unfortunately, someone who identified themselves as not disabled wanted to question the point I’d made by deciding what they thought was acceptable for disabled people to request.

I wanted to cry.

Here was a post about ableism… and someone fully able bodied was making an ableist comment about it.

When I tried to explain that ableism is discrimination, their response was to unfriend me – after arguing that “everyone is entitled to their opinion and I’m just voicing mine”.

I’m waiting (and hoping) for a time where ableism reaches the same place in society as sexism and racism – where people being called out for ableism realise they are being discriminatory.

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