The Rejected Body: Feminist Philosophical Reflections on by Susan Wendell

By Susan Wendell

The Rejected physique argues that feminist theorizing has been skewed towards non-disabled adventure, and that the data of individuals with disabilities needs to be built-in into feminist ethics, discussions of physically existence, and feedback of the cognitive and social authority of medication. one of the issues it addresses are who can be pointed out as disabled; even if incapacity is biomedical, social or either; what reasons incapacity and what may well 'cure' it; and even if clinical efforts to get rid of disabling actual stipulations are morally justified. Wendell offers a awesome examine how cultural attitudes in the direction of the physique give a contribution to the stigma of incapacity and to common unwillingness to just accept and supply for the body's inevitable weak point.

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Because the Deaf have sign language and a rich culture separate from hearing people, it is very clear that the Deaf are not disabled in all contexts. As Roger J. Carver puts it: Indeed, as one enters into the world of the Deaf, disability as a factor in their lives ceases to exist. A hearing person unfamiliar with the lan- 28 Who Is Disabled? Defining Disability gj guage and customs of the Deaf community will instantly find himself handicapped in such a context, arising from his disability in the area of communication.

47 g[ The Rejected Body Architectural changes and expansions of communication are the best known, and probably the most often recognized, efforts to deconstruct disability, along with 'changing the attitudes' of non-disabled people, which I will come to later. But it must be recognized that other changes and accommodations would make it possible for more people with disabilities to participate in all the major aspects of life in a society. Among these are accommodations of pace and expectations, which I discussed earlier in this chapter.

4) The function of the Agency is to facilitate (favorite word) adaptation (second favorite) of client to job (client to world), not the reverse. (5) The client is a fraud. (6) The client is helpless. (Stewart 1989, 190) I do not want to claim or imply that social factors alone cause all disability. I do want to claim that the social response to and treatment of biological difference constructs disability from biological reality, determining both the nature and the severity of disability. I recognize that many disabled people s relationships to their bodies involve elements of struggle that perhaps cannot be eliminated, perhaps not even mitigated, by social arrangements.

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