Friday, April 15, 2011

Disability in Media - Lesson 6: The 'Super-Crip' Phenomenon

  • Identify several examples of the "super crip" phenomenon, in different forms of the media (advertisements, television shows, movies, etc)
  • Discuss where this particular stereotype may have originated and link it to the historical context provided in previous lessons.
  • Understand how this particular stereotype perpetuates certain social problems faced by the disability community, and identify some of those social problems.
  • Recognize the role that talk shows in particular have played in perpetuating this stereotype and compare it to the freak shows of the 1800's.
  • Understand how both the "disability as pity" and "disability as super crip" stereotypes work to "other" persons with disabilities.
  • It makes audiences feel better about the condition of persons with a disability without having to accommodate them, reinforcing the notion that disability can be overcome if only the person would "try hard enough"

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    Too many people in too many twelve-step programs, they've all become convinced that you just need to take responsibility for every bad thing that happens.  No one believes in "accidents" or "fate" any more.  If you're disabled, you did something to deserve it, and just need to pray harder, believe deeper, or do more physical therapy to be cured.
    Well, some of us have had entire churches praying over us without being cured.

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