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This one is going to get a lot of hate. I despise the Americans With disabilities Act (ADA) and not for usual reasons. In the US we have many historical buildings that are being forced to retrofit and honestly ruin their historic nature to install ramps, elevators, etc… Not okay with this. It…
FYI saying “Sorry if I offend” doesn’t make what you just said less disgustingly ableist.
I don’t have the energy to even begin to tell you everything wrong with what you just said and I’m really hoping someone else takes you up on it better than I can.
I’m not really sorry for what I said…at all. I could give less than a shit abt. the newest fad -ism that you just mentioned. Destroying buildings to make a few people happy is stupid. Period. ADA supporters are no better than the Taliban destroying the Buddha statues in Afghanistan.
Ho boy. Okay. I said I didn’t have the energy for this but I also don’t want to let this go. Please bear with me here, I’m trying really hard to be reasonable but I’m asking you to also understand that I’m a little foggy today so I need some patience!
The first thing I want to address is that ableism isn’t “the new fad -ism.” A lot of people don’t realize this, but we actually have a really long history of systematic oppression - systematic institutionalization and forced sterilization was the norm for many, many years and while we’ve obviously come to a time where that’s not the case, we do still face a lot of discrimination in a lot of different venues. Things don’t have to be as extreme as murder, although it does happen (police mistaking a diabetic seizure or autistic meltdown for resistance have absolutely happened.) Today we face the issues of a society on the whole that doesn’t really “get it” on a daily basis - and inaccessibility is one of those things.
Here’s some handy links!
Let me tell you a story about a friend of mine. A few weeks ago, she went out with her friends with the intent of going to a small art showing here in the heart of town. The building they were going to had three stairs. My friend uses a power chair due to a form of muscular dystrophy - and there were no ramps to allow her access to the building. Her friends had already committed to the show, and so my friend and one other sat outside, on the street, outside the building until it was over.
She didn’t want anything special. She didn’t want exclusive treatment, she didn’t want them to come out and carry her to the building on a throne. She simply wanted the same exact thing that every able-bodied person had - the ability to enjoy the art show.
I don’t think it makes her selfish to want the same thing that everyone else gets.
I live in a town surrounded by a couple of historic cities, and so I totally understand your desire to protect historic sites and buildings, but there IS a way to do that while also not excluding a massive subset of the population (just because you can’t see us doesn’t mean we’re not here - I’m a wheelchair user, but tons and tons of people with disabilities who need ramps and lifts aren’t immediately identifiable!) If you enjoy these sites enough to want to protect them, shouldn’t you want others to be able to enjoy their beauty and value, too?
There are better solutions to the problem of “destroying” historic sites in order to retrofit them to make them accessible to everybody, that aren’t “well, disabled people shouldn’t get to see these things.” It’s not about being selfish, it’s about equality. Part of the problem that so many retrofittings and remodelings of historic sites are done so poorly is because it’s really expensive and there’s no government assistance in order to make things accessible. When a business is faced with two options - either make the building accessible, or pay hefty fines - they inevitably go with the cheaper option, but that usually ends up in ugly, wooden ramps, poor design, the bare minimum. Bulky, out of place lifts, things that don’t match the feel or year of the place - perhaps if there were grants or assistance available to businesses in order to provide better solutions for accessibility, it would seem less like destroying the sites and more like enhancing them for everybody.This OP is actually saying that architecture is more important than human beings. I literally can not with this. Anyone few to do some collecting? I think I need to go be sick.
unsurprisingly the OP is 404’d; but really? An Historic building’s integrity is not diminished by accessibility retrofits, if anything it allows the site to be appreciated by more people.
I guess putting lights and electricity into historical buildings is ruining them too. Visitors should use gas lamps and candles!
I mean, that’s if the goal is to be historically accurate, rather than not giving a shit about access for disabled people.
Yeah, I got to the end.
And of course my renegade shephard had to pick the “these choices suck” dialogue option and it went straight to GAME OVER and I nearly threw my controller across the room.
Then I fumed my way through the last 20 minutes of the game again to pick a proper ending, which I might have enjoyed a little bit more if it hadn’t done that to me. As it was, I picked Destroy, got an okay ending with meh flashcards and it looks like my Shepard survived.
I was planning all along to play through a second time with my Paragon Shepard but I can’t quite get up the willpower to do it right now. :/ maybe I’ll do ME2 again instead.
(aka, once again i suck at titles)
Okay, I get it, Assassin’s Creed fandom. You’re very attached to Ezio.
You played through a trio of games with him, watched him grow and fight and die, and became extremely fond of him. And why wouldn’t you? He’s a charming character with great wit, a sense of style, and some wonderful development. His games spanned a lot of drama and detail in the series’ universe, and his role in the story was very important.
But can we stop hating Connor for daring to be something other than an Ezio 2.0? For having his own personality and defining characteristics that are unique to him?
“I just can’t identify with him,” My co-worker said today. “His story wasn’t interesting. He wasn’t funny. I miss Ezio.” At my lunch break, I was very tempted to go home, pick up my Connor statuette, and beat him with it repeatedly until unconsciousness. Because this is not a unique sentiment – it has been parroted by so many AC fans that it seems to be the norm within the larger community.
This idea is built upon very wrong, very flawed principals; not only is it bigoted, it’s just plain not right.
Be a fan of Ezio. That’s fine. Even prefer him if you want. But let’s talk about some very important pieces of contextual information about Connor’s character before you go deciding anything.
First day of the new job tomorrow.
Mostly orientation and computer training and stuff, and lunch with my supervisor. Most nervous about lunch with the supervisor. One-on-one with a stranger is not too fun for me.
Don’t know what kind of desk space I have, what I’ll be doing or who I’ll be working with. Basically I have very little idea of what I’m getting into here. :/
I am only now realizing how much stuff I have managed to accumulate in this office. How I am going to get it all home on the bus is somewhat of a mystery.
Between this office and my previous office at a different medical institute next door, I have worked on this block for over ten years now. Using this bus stop, shopping at this grocery store, picking up takeout at this indian place. They’re gonna wonder where I went off to. Next week I’ll be commuting across town to an area I’m not familiar with. I don’t even know what restaurants are there. This is gonna be so weird.
I don’t know if I will have my own office there or not. Maybe I’ll be back to sharing a room with four other people. Maybe I’ll be back to not looking out the window the whole day because nobody has one. They definitely don’t have a cafeteria or anything. I presume they at least have coffee? What kind of terrible freakshow place wouldn’t have coffee?
Ugh. I am so nervous about this.
I should not have listened to this Slate podcast to begin with
but I am desperate for listening material while working on this incredibly annoying project, and this guy is talking about that Macklemore rapper (the one with the novelty song about the Thrift Shop) in the most annoying terms possible, like “oh! this is something totally new! a white guy rapper who opposes the materialism of hip hop! wow no one has ever done this. are audiences ready for this?”
The one guy on this podcast who’s actually familiar with hip-hop music is rolling his eyes so hard right now. I didn’t know it was possible to actually hear someone rolling their eyes, but there it is. He tries briefly to point out that plenty of artists have addressed that in various ways, but they don’t really let him get into it.
But then even that guy goes on to say that there’s no white privilege in the “slumming at the thrift shop” theme and that anybody can rap even Justin Bieber can rap now and it’s no problem and then I closed the podcast because life is too fucking short
Female privilege is getting to claim a headache to avoid sex.
Female oppression is having to claim physical illness to avoid sex because men won’t take a simple fucking “no” for an answer.
Female oppression is men being so entitled that they think being denied sex is oppressive.
brbfade replied to your post: what I need is an alarm clock that will scare the…
I used to set my alarm clock far enough that I had to literally get out of bed to shut it off. But it’s awful, I tell you. I hate alarm clocks.
I’ve tried it, and it didn’t work! because I would carry the alarm clock back to bed with me and continue hitting snooze.
I get into this weirdly stubborn zombie mode in the mornings. It’s kind of ridiculous.
katherinestasaph replied to your post: what I need is an alarm clock that will scare the…
I used to need one of the old-timey alarm clocks with the bells and hammer on them.