“Inspiration Porn”

You gotta take a few minutes to listen to this thought-provoking look at how we objectify people with disability.

Stella Young is a comedian and journalist who happens to go about her day in a wheelchair — a fact that doesn’t, she’d like to make clear, automatically turn her into a noble inspiration to all humanity. In this funny talk, Young breaks down society’s habit of turning disabled people into “inspiration porn.”’

What Do Your Tears Represent?

Here’s a wonderful expression of feelings. The drawing was done several years ago  but it can be looked at again and again.  Each time it will “speak”, deepening the understanding of both the past, present and the connection between the two.

AND even though it is someone else’s drawing YOU will be able to find meaning for YOURSELF.

  See what it says to you about your life, your circumstances.  What do the 4 tears on the cheeks represent to you.  Where is she looking – outward?  inward?  past?  future? What is she looking AT.  And how does that pertain to your life?

Here’s what Maureen said about her picture:

“This drawing was actually done a few months before I got on disability (3 years ago) and shows all the various things I was sad and worried about at the time.

Doing a bit of drawing was one of the different ways I used to help deal with the unknown. The teardrop at the bottom left has an hourglass in it. I’m looking at it and it seems like and old, eaten apple.”
Maureen Ryan

http://sunshineandchaos.wordpress.com

Thank you Maureen for sharing

this wonderful example of creative expression.