On Ableist Language in Books


Yes, it is ableism and it should be called out. I am fine with whatever words are thrown at me, but some people are not. It’s not unreasonable for them to ask people to not use words that hurt and degrade them.

One comment

  1. Katherine · October 14, 2017

    I agree. I always include at least 1 characte with disabilities in my books and write in a way in which I do my best to avoid ableist comments- I feel that as a person with multiple disabilities, I already experience enough ableism from society and even family. I love reading, but don’t like ableism in books. I also don’t like how some authors go out of their way to say those of us “are the same as everyone else and society treats us as equals.” Or that we “can do anything we put our minds to just by being positive.” Sometimes, we can’t because of how our bodies work, or economic problems or prejudices from society itself. Thanks for the post!

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