What I had not understood before I found myself in true poverty, and what [Jamie] Oliver probably does not, is that it means living in a world of “no.” Ninety-nine per cent of what you need is answered “no.” Ninety-nine per cent of what your kids ask for is answered “no.” Ninety-nine per cent of life is answered “no.” Cinema? No. Night out? No. New shoes? No. Birthday? No. So, if the only indulgence that is viable, that is within budget, that will not mean you have to walk to work, is a Styrofoam container of cheesy chips, the answer is a thunderous “YES.”
Alex Andreou, in the Guardian
(Via Slate: “One of the few British newspapers to come to Jamie Oliver’s defense this week was the Independent, whose columnist Grace Dent argued that Oliver is entitled to his arrogant opinions about poor people. Dent is right—Oliver is entitled to his opinions. But he’s not entitled to the position of culinary hero for a population he disdains.”)
on a different not can we all please stop acting like all ravenclaws are academic smart? i want to see ravenclaws who are shit at school but can make recipes and paint amazingly and compose masterpieces please stop pretending smartness is academicravenclaws that get really pissed off about having to answer riddles in order to get home because they hate riddles
if your support for disabled people hinges on recovery or a cure, you are shit
not everyone can “recover”. there is only a certain amount someone can adhere to the norm—past that, we have to pretend to be “normal”to get respect
not every disability has a cure
not everyone who is disabled even wants a cure
sure, yes, disabilities can suck. but what makes it way worse is how society treats us.
you treat us like freaks and try to find cures and make us try to recover because you cannot fathom an existence where this stuff is permanent. you pity us. you think we’re living lesser lives. you think all we do is either suffer or serve as inspirations.
but if you would just accept us? try to respect us? allow us a place in society? focus resources on that—with KNOWN, specific goals—rather than unknown “cures” and “recovery” which may not even work or exist. and we will be “less” disabled. we will be able to live our lives better.
yes, some treatment is good, but there is a point at which focus must be redirected. you cannot throw money at medicine and say “fix them so that I don’t have to live alongside strange and scary disabled people.”