apparently there was a discussion on eugenics today in my sister’s classroom (started out with teacher saying that if he and his new wife have a “genetically abnormal” baby they’re going “throw ‘it’ away”). my sister responded with “YEAH? WELL?… YOU’RE GENETICALLY ABNORMAL!””

(very mature, i know. but…)

then she began quoting amanda baggs! and talking about neurodiversity! and how some lives are valued more than others because of things like ableism!

i’m halfway horrified that she could talk to her teacher in that tone (the corean in me is looking like this:O_O) but this is my 16 year old pro-mccain wants-to-be-a-missionary sister!! quoting amanda baggs! confronting an authority figure on his ableism!

(all i could do is squeal and say philosophercrip would be very proud.)

*cheers happily*



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13 responses to “yes!

  1. Definitely awesome 🙂

    If she’s reading Amanda Baggs, she can’t possibly stay within Republicanism or fundamentalist Christianity for long…

  2. i think we should start taking bets about how long it will take your sister to become a progressive once she goes away to college…

    my favorite HS teacher (who was very liberal) that I argued with constantly told me upon graduation “you don’t know it yet, but you are going to graduate college in 4 years as a Democrat.” this scenario makes me think there is hope for Jessica indeed.

  3. sanabituranima

    “If she’s reading Amanda Baggs, she can’t possibly stay within Republicanism or fundamentalist Christianity for long…”

    “this is my 16 year old pro-mccain wants-to-be-a-missionary sister!! quoting amanda baggs! confronting an authority figure on his ableism!”

    Maybe Republicans aren’t the only people who ar bigoted and judge on appearances. Maybe people who want to be missionaries aren’t the blood-sucking demons you think they are. Maybe it’s not just strait, white, rich, nondisabled men who make snap judgements about people.

    Just a thought.

  4. sanabituranima, i don’t think that at all. i’m sorry if that’s what you take away from my blog.

  5. hmm. looking back i could see how this post could have been written better and may offend people (i literally wrote this 5 seconds after my sister told me about her day and should have spent more time on it). this post does give the impression that folks who are pro-mccain are against the values listed—which i don’t believe is true at all.

    i live in north carolina and was surprised to see that actually most of the disability activists and advocates i know were pretty split 50/50 when it came to parties, half being republican and half being dems. i think this is good for the community in that we already know what happens when communities vote straight ticket, we know dems have screwed disabled folks over in the past, and we know disability— politically/legislatively speaking— has been an issue that’s worked well through bipartisanship (ADA, recent bill regarding prenatal information, etc etc.). if obama loses, then maybe i won’t wake up saying that disability advocates on both sides is a good thing (i believe mccain’s policies are detrimental to disabled people) but long term for the community i think it’s right. so yes. saying that being pro-mccain is equivalent to being against neurodiversity or disability rights is not a claim i’d make.

    next issue at hand:
    i’m not sure where you get the idea that i think missionaries are blood sucking demons.
    i do worry about my younger sister— or any future missionary— going into this work without understanding the history behind it, the role the church has played in the colonization and violence against people of color, and the possible belief that charity could be a substitute for justice. however, i haven’t said anything about individual missionaries. and on that note, when people do a critique of ableism, racism, classism—any ism for that matter— it’s not a personal issue against one person. it’s a conversation about institutions and power. to think that as a person who practices anti-racism, i have beef with any white straight dude i pass on the street is not only disrespectful, dishonest and a characture of who i am, but also reduces the understanding of racism into personal conflicts and not systemic issues of power. so no, i don’t appreciate that remark.

  6. I am proud of your sister!!! It was courageous of her to take a stand. People like this teacher do not even know that there’s such a thing as ableism. It is high time they learned. (And she is already missionarying for a cause she believes in–a little real-life job training. Good for her!)

  7. I think it was more the first comments (not the very first one, but the ones right above the offended comment) that were the issue. Your post doesn’t read as offensive to me, and I am fairly conservative (despite having met Amanda Baggs).

    It is definitely cool that your sister spoke up like that, but is there a conclusion to the story- how did her classmates and teacher respond?

  8. I know we already talked about this, but I am SO IMPRESSED with your little sister! And I agree with Jonah – would love to hear the teacher’s/classmates’ responses!

  9. While I don’t apologize for my above comments in support of progressive politics – the Democrats are far from perfect, but definitely respond to most issues in ways that are more in line with what I think is morally right – I don’t want to come off as some kind of narrow thinking zealot either. I especially understand the danger of a blind commitment to a single party when it comes to disability politics. That is, some of the most important crip law was strongly supported by the GOP. Moreover, I understand that I am at odds with the democratic party/mainstream progressivism on some of the issues that I care about MOST (read: bioethics). Even Senator Harkin can make my skin crawl when he deploys the pity laden, ableist rhetoric of cure ideology in support of funding for stem cell research. Moreover, we can’t forget that it is another faction of the progressive movement that is the greatest supporter of the genetic screening of embryos/fetuses.

  10. Bq

    that’s an interesting story. how did you and your sister turn out so different?

    i love this blog!

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