“Inspiration Porn” is a term I have been reading about lately in many articles across different forums. At first I was confused as to what was behind the meaning, but from my understanding, it’s when people who don’t know you see you in a wheelchair, approach you, and tell you what an inspiration you are. Mind you they don’t have any back story on who you may be except that they see a person in a wheelchair or with a disability. They then proceed to tell you what an inspiration you and I assume it is meant for simply being in a wheelchair.
There appears to be much controversy over this as many folks, whom I have spoken with, are not necessarily offended, but frustrated at the fact that able-bodied people see them as an inspiration for just having a disability. You may be a lazy person with no ambition, but simply because you are in a wheelchair you are an inspiration to them. I can certainly understand why this would aggravate many because people with disabilities since they just want to be seen as “normal” people who are complemented on being inspiration for what they do; not just for the fact that they are in a wheelchair.
However, I have a slightly different outlook and perhaps my dark sense of humor might contribute to this, but when someone calls me an inspiration even when I am just sitting quietly in a corner I always seem to find myself chuckling in amusement. Also, I love to be different and my wheelchair is just one part of my life that sets me apart from many others.
The way I look at it is this – Continue reading