TryHarder™ Magazine: Ableism Speaks

TryHarder™ Magazine: The Magazine for People Who Need to Try Harder, 2 cents

Issue No. 1: Ableism Speaks 

In which The Crip gives very special ableist remarks the 2¢ they deserve


“If you’ve got your health, you’ve got everything.” 

2 cents symbolSure, health is important but if you’ve always lived with a chronic condition and/or a progressively degenerative one like I have, hearing this most common of platitudes leads to a waxy bummer build-up in the psyche. It is no pleasure to ponder the possibility that you regard me as having…nothing.  Nor do I want to reprise my role on Emotional Labor: Special Cripple Unit where I tell myself you don’t actually mean anything bad by that. I would prefer instead that people express gratitude for what health they have (I know health is a nice thing!) without making such a sweeping generalization about what a good quality of life requires.

Did You Know?

A disability does not necessarily mean “sick.” Unless you mean, “sick of discrimination.” Then — oh yeah#CripTips


“You’re so lame/crazy/dumb.”

2 cents symbolLanguage is a banquet and most insult-flingers are starving! I do not accept your excuse that your vocabulary has a disability. Overcome that shit and stop using a disability label when you’re calling out a failure of character. Would invoking my “lameness” — non-walkingness — communicate your disgust had I, for example, shown public disrespect to Paralympic champions? NOPE. This practice is particularly stigmatizing to people with mental health issues and that is no joke.
Instead, you could use more appropriate terminology like: jackhole, hateful, traitor, obnoxious, lying, scurrilous, mendacious, quarrelsome, peevish, pussilanimous, cowardly, craven, viperous, ratsbane, toady, or greedy.
Language is rich. Don’t use it to take cheap shots at disabled people.

Did You Know?

A person can be both disabled AND a jackhole. #CripTips


“A disabled child teaches a parent what love really is.”

2 cents symbolIn the words of Fox Mulder, I want to believe. Of course I want to believe that I alone incite The Greatest Love of All in my parents’ hearts. Especially with the two clowns I’ve got for brothers. But I keep it classy. I maintain a veneer of humility. And, seriously, sowing divisiveness between disabled and non-disabled siblings by saying that a disabled child teaches parents what love “really” is — in what world is that a good idea? Instead: Let me bust my brothers’ chops in my own way, okay? I know what I’m doing.

Did You Know?

It’s possible to love a non-disabled child. Difficult. But possible. #CripTips


Can someone “like me” have sex?

2 cents symbolPart of the joy of living, of drawing each fresh, sweet breath, is never knowing who I’ll next meet. Like strangers who ask personal questions — for purely informational purposes — that they actually expect answers to. Like discovering that sitting side-by-side on a DC public bus means that a complete stranger gets to find out whether someone “like me” can have sex. Not whether I want to, with them — they make that clear — but whether it’s, like, possible. As asteroids hitting the earth, low-fat products being delicious, and me experiencing ordinary street harassment are possible. Is there some hunger for knowledge inside you about the human condition that will not be denied? Because if there is, there’s Google for that. Leave me the fuck alone.

 

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  3. Hey my name’s Scott Campbell I have a story that involves almost everything you talked about on your page it’s truly unacceptable disgusting and because of who it is and why they are covering it up when I didn’t even work for the company that did the investigation and the fact that the daughter of the CEO of the company is letting this one of the largest name brands in the world which is her last name do this to someone with cerebral palsy is not only unacceptable but it shows that power and influence Julie outweigh any desire to make them just hold themselves accountable as a good person or even not disrespecting their own business by embarrassing the family but that’s what this is all about the family is called gallo do I heard of it the winemaker largest in the world they do 800 million cases a year and have 90 brands this also involves my pursuit of trying to get special needs or UCP to stand up for me because of a little bit of a a large time Gap but the fact this is day broke state and federal labor laws under the warn act back then and then broken more recently when this was looked into by the winery which I never worked for and did not seem to get involved it was the Tweet of to Stephanie yellow to have her listen to the situation she got the winery involved and I never worked for them but yet take over and cover everything up in the act like the person that talked me out of my job never existed and they wouldn’t do that but they already have proven themselves to evidence that they did do that and they still are doing that and even more so the documented person for the winery who is responsible for the Equal Employment officer job to make sure they follow all government rules and they even say that it’s just not right is why they wouldn’t do something like that but yet she turns her head away and let’s the legal team continue to threaten me like they are in control of this problem because that’s how they usually act when they screw out to Mom and Pops companies that don’t even have anything to do with wine but they make their trademark thing so they can go put the mom and pop business out of business this is more about after this was all done you my name Scott Campbell I have a story that divorce almost everything you talked about on your page its truly honest it’s going disgusting and because of who it is and why they are covering it up when I didn’t even work for a the company the did the investigation and the fact that the daughter of the CEO of the company is letting this one of the largest name brands in the world which is her last name do this so was there before the is not only unacceptable but its shows that power and influence truly outweigh any desire to make them just hold them selfs accountable was a good person or even not disrespecting there own business by embarrassing the family but that with this all about the families called Gallo white 2 heard of it wine maker largest in the world that you 800 million cases your and have 90 friends this also involved my pursuit of trying to get special needs or you sleepy too stand up for me because of a little bit of a large time gap but the fact is his day bro State Federal Way word laws under the Warren act back then and and obviously are still doing the same thing today because the Equal Opportunity officer went out of her way to look the other way because Stephanie is the one that’s allowing this to happen and also letting it go on By ignoring any type of response to me asking her to step in out of respect for her own company knowing that I never worked for Gallo Winery which is separate from Gallo glass and everything is absolutely unacceptable all the way down to just playing mind games with someone that they know has cerebral palsy that’s disgusting and then just to top it off there doing it because they are gallo and they don’t get in trouble and usually get away with stuff like this because no one will stand up for the voice of special needs or platform because best buddies then gives Gallo the 2018 leadership award based off of donations they’ve been giving but yet doing the exact opposite to someone with cerebral palsy because no one will say anything to him and they act like the nonprofit’s aren’t set up to stand up for anyone but they only offer programs and services but then if someone with Fame There’s a comic named Gary Owen if you look it up they flew him back to talk to the council back East over a joke that he made about his special needs cousin getting an STD from her boyfriend that had special needs in the joke was more about how the dude was getting it in with girls who knew? Type of thing and they grilled him looking for a donation. I’m sorry donation but yet I don’t have any Fame I am on the front page of the Palo Alto Times newspaper 10 percent to live and the doctor picture with me is regarded as one of the most significant in the 20th century in his field and had a personal friendship with Albert Einstein and what they did through having my parents sign off because Stanford had a government research section they later updated the medical standard procedure for preemie births Nationwide soon afterwards this has a lot to do with the nonprofit’s going after money

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