Life Letter of the Day
posted by March 22 at 15:52 PMon
EDITOR: Thank you thank you thank you for the article on devotees. We devotees are now where gay men and women were 40 years ago: closeted, ashamed, and guilty. The only solution for this is to talk about it publicly. It’s too bad the author had to be anonymous, but I can understand why. In spite of some superficial attempts at inclusiveness and equality, popular opinion still tends to desexualize and infantilize disabled people. This is why we devotees are so shocking, subversive: we find something sexy that we’re not supposed to sexualize. I’m sure you’ll get a lot of letters from the haters, but to anticipate that negative response, no, we’re not looking for someone who’s helpless, or desperate. We just think disability is sexy, and people who are disturbed by that should really take a close look at their conceptions of disability.
Disabled veterans of WWII and Vietnam radically changed the experience of disability in the United States, and made huge strides in demanding equality and integration, but there is still a long way to go. If the disabled veterans of Iraq can take us even further, then there will be at least one benefit of this disastrous, immoral, horrific war.