This is what ableism looks like.

This says it's better Stephen Hawking is dead because now he can walk in some theoretical afterlife (that he did not believe in).

If that never dawned on you, it's because ableism is foundational in our culture. Now you can see it. Unlearn it.
This shit hurts disabled people. This shit says our lives aren't worth as much as abled people because of our disabilities -- not because the world is designed without accessibility in mind, but fundamentally because we are disabled.

The ideal of a "healthy body" is deadly.
That ideal leads to a hopelessness for disabled people because things will never improve, we will never be included, our needs will never be taken seriously. We are excluded from society unless we are so absolutely extraordinary, we become inspiration porn to motivate ableds.
Stephen Hawking deserved to do what he loved and to live a full, vibrant life because he was a human being. Period.

Disability should not have curtailed that. And disability should not have made that a remarkable, inspiring thing.
The fact that people are celebrating what he did "in spite of" his disabilities says that disabled people are expected to be without value.

The fact that people are celebrating his "freedom" from his disabilities says that death is better than needing assistive devices.
This is ableism.

This is what it means.

It isolates disabled people. It degrades us. It limits us. And it tells us that unless we can be exceptional geniuses, we should just die.

And even if we are exceptional, we'll be happier when we're dead anyway.
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