The term ‘inspiration porn’ has hit social media with great energy.
Inspiration porn is a cultural phenomenon. It appeals to the goody-two-shoes segment of society who feel warm and fuzzy when the able-bodied world does something for people with disabilities.
“Here’s a free sports event… get your picture taken with a star athlete. . . have your photo circulated around facebook because you look like a cute puppy. I’ll “like” that.”
Does this help or hurt our community? What’s your feeling when a video of a kid with a prosthetic leg swinging a baseball bat pops up in your phone? Do you feel different when you realize a couple million people have shared it?
Eddie Ytuarte and Adrienne Lauby talk to each other and callers about inspiration porn.
Here’s a thoughtful post on this topic from the blog, The not so simple (love) life of a disabled Mum. Maith an cailin includes many visual images of people with disabilities so you can figure out for yourself what fits the label of Inspirational Porn. (Apologies: Her images are not described for screen readers.)