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On Ableism and Looks-ism as Outdated Storytelling Shortcut

posted by drew

06.14.15

It's 2015, people. Time to leave behind the ableist storytelling shortcut that injury / disability = 'evil' / 'wicked.' Examples of this include the character "Scar" in "The Lion King"; the bad guy in "The Sting," who walks with a limp; Dr. Strangelove; Captain Hook; the bad guy in "Casino Royale," with a glass eye, and on and on and on.

Filmmaker's and storytellers do this because it has traditionally been a powerful way to 'establish character' in milliseconds. It's now time to do better, and establish character through ACTIONS, not injury / disability.

On a related note, there's a lot of looks-ism (aka lookism) in how looks and attractiveness are used to signify good / bad character. Time to kick that shit to the curb as well. 

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Drew Dellinger

Drew Dellinger is a speaker, poet, writer, teacher, and founder of Planetize the Movement. He has inspired minds and hearts at over 1000 events around the planet, performing poetry and keynoting on justice, ecology, cosmology, activism, democracy and compassion.
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