How Good You Are! 8 stories of everyday ableism
A personal, ironic and political comic to deconstruct ableism.
Ableism is when you feel so cool because you have a new haircut and you go around showing it off with a swishh, but you are approached by someone who tells you “how good you are at going out!”. Ableist is the cinema that portrays disabled people as those who teach great life lessons, have sex for the first time before they croak, and then they croak. Ableist is the never-before-seen lady who inexplicably pats you on the head at the supermarket. But ableism is also much more invasive and harmful. It is the gynaecologist who gives incomplete information to disabled patients, it is the inaccessible university lecture hall, it is the insufficient hours of assistance that prevent you from hanging out. In few words, ableism is the structural oppression that surrounds disabled people and that is expressed not only in individual behaviour but in the way society itself is organised. In eight irreverent and acute comics, the Witty Wheels tell what ableism is, from love relationships to the strenuous confrontation with bureaucracy, from discrimination at university, to the abilism of society internalised by disabled people themselves. An enlightening must-read.