It’s quaint how we’ve been gradually civilised into not punishing the physically disabled for their special needs — some of us have even evolved to accepting the mentally challenged and their special needs — but when it comes to the socially disabled, we think it perfectly normal to blame them for their lack of agency. Context and possible constraints cease to matter. One’s own (relatively superior) situation becomes the standard against which others are judged, and found wanting. So if a woman of one’s acquaintance is abused, and one’s ‘empowered’ response is to quickly tweet or tap out a post about this woman’s appalling lack of feminist will, then the time for some shame and self-reflection is, I think, long overdue
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