This one, though is something I think needs to be discussed in greater depth and
doesn't allow for comments from readers that I'm aware of.
Tom Connors, "On Esthetics & Disability"
I have to agree that it's very difficult to see past a disability or difference at first. No matter what we want to tell ourselves, the first things we judge by are physical appearances and observable behaviors. I seriously doubt that anyone is going to walk up to me and not see the dog. I've hardly ever been mistaken for a sighted person. There are some exceptions, but they are rare and I'm not able to come up with one off the top of my head.
I've heard the argument that the online world is so much better in some ways because people can't judge by appearances. But that's not really completely true. My disability is so much a part of me that it almost always comes up in my writing. It affects what I do and what I write about.
It's not bad, just different. And that's part of aesthetics. It's what you are going to see first along with my word choice and blog layout (unless you're reading in an rss aggrigator or on a friends page). It is one more piece of me that you have to encounter and it may have an influence on what you think of me.
I don't have a problem with that. I like myself as a blind person. I'm trying to learn to assimulate my pain into myself as a part of me, but not let it take over my life. So, to make a long opinion piece even longer, yes, I do think there's an aesthetic of disability, but I think there is an aesthetic for each person. Yeah, I'm different, my difference is sometimes more obvious, but each of you are different. Even if you're just a "normal" (whatever that is) person, there are unique differences that only you have.
What do you think?
The Mote in the Light
for the link to the article.