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By Susan Wendell

The Rejected physique argues that feminist theorizing has been skewed towards non-disabled event, and that the data of individuals with disabilities needs to be built-in into feminist ethics, discussions of physically lifestyles, and feedback of the cognitive and social authority of medication. one of the themes it addresses are who may be pointed out as disabled; no matter if incapacity is biomedical, social or either; what motives incapacity and what may well 'cure' it; and no matter if medical efforts to cast off disabling actual stipulations are morally justified. Wendell offers a notable examine how cultural attitudes in the direction of the physique give a contribution to the stigma of incapacity and to common unwillingness to simply accept and supply for the body's inevitable weak point.

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Weakness, illness, rest and recovery, pain, death, and the negative (devalued) body are private, generally hidden, and often neglected. Coming into the public world with illness, pain, or a devalued body, people encounter resistance to mixing the two worlds; the split is vividly revealed. Much of the experience of disability and illness goes underground, because there is no socially acceptable way of expressing it and having the physical and psychological experience acknowledged. Yet acknowledgement of this experience is exacdy what is required for creating accessibility in the public world.

In such an ideal circumstance, the category itself would probably disappear. 33 The Social Construction of Disability In chapter 1,1 argued that neither impairment nor disabihty can be denned purely in biomedical terms, because social arrangements and expectations make essential contributions to impairment and disability, and to their absence. In this chapter, I develop that argument further. I maintain that the distinction between the biological reality of a disabihty and the social construction of a disabihty cannot be made sharply, because the biological and the social are interactive in creating disabihty.

Not only the architecture, but the entire physical and social organization of life tends to assume that we are either strong and healthy and able to do what the average young, nondisabled man can do or that we are completely unable to participate in public life. A great deal of disability is caused by this physical structure and social organization of society. For instance, poor architectural planning creates 39 £g The Rejected Body physical obstacles for people who use wheelchairs, but also for people who can walk but cannot walk far or cannot climb stairs, for people who cannot open doors, and for people who can do all of these things but only at the cost of pain or an expenditure of energy they can ill afford.

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