“. . . Many women with disabilities, including myself, speak of being treated as though we are children. It is very common for women with disabilities to be referred to as “girls”, as someone who is still young and must be looked after. Women experiencing this are in their 30s, 40s, and 50s, yet they are still treated like 16 year olds.
Why does this happen? Because young women are less threatening, they will be less experienced, and the community can discount their opinions as naïve. . .”
by Christina Ryan
Women are taught from a young age that we should be nice, pleasant, calm and polite when we want to speak up. Often we are encouraged not to speak up at all and to let others have the opinions. Women everywhere know that they have to fight hard to build courage to say what they want to say and to be taken seriously when they say it.
It is very common to be told we are being emotional when we speak articulately and passionately about something, when men are never given such tags. Rather they are applauded for being clear minded and having something to say.
This is basic sexism and we’ve all experienced it.
For women with disabilities there is an extra and very deep layer of prejudice added to the sexism experienced by all women.
People with disabilities…
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