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Inspirational Porn About People With Schizophrenia? Bring It On!

I had never heard the term inspirational porn until there was a controversy about the type of stories a major website was and is publishing. Many disability advocates wrote articles about the website and tried to engage the editors and other members of the community. They wanted others to hear their side of the story and change the direction of the content published.

Basically, inspirational porn is the objectification of a person with a disability (using them to inspire) for the benefit of other people. Pictures of individuals with a disability running a race, or playing basketball (in other words, just doing what they like to do) inspire or motivate the person without a disability. Advocates in the disability community want people to notice and publish their real achievements not the fact that they do something that others also do.

I believe Stella Young was the person who coined the phrase, “inspiration porn” and here is a Ted Talk she did that addresses it brilliantly.  

I agree with everything Stella is saying in regards to her specific disability. In fact, I can see her point regarding almost every disability with the exception of one – schizophrenia.

I am sure this won’t be popular in the disability community but where schizophrenia is concerned (my disability) I say, “Bring on the inspiration porn!” You don’t know how much I would love to see a person with schizophrenia grilling a veggie burger, walking their dog, grocery shopping, running a marathon, graduating from college, etc. I would welcome the opportunity to identify as someone living with schizophrenia and doing something that everyone else does.

Why? Because look at the reality and the alternative; the media and artists are constantly using people who have schizophrenia as the “crazed killer” in movies. Musicians use images of asylums in their music videos. The news outlets almost always question if a mass shooter has schizophrenia before any mental health professionals have even had time to interview the subject.

I wish our understanding, acceptance, and language was such that I could say and honestly feel that inspiration porn is damaging to those of us with schizophrenia, but I don’t believe it is, because we are rarely, if ever, held up as an inspiration to anyone.

So I feel I must say to the disability community, I know it isn’t popular, and I know you probably hate this reality, but inspiration porn would be an improvement on what society creates and sees regarding schizophrenia. I say, “Bring it on!” I’m willing to take a video of me shopping and show it to you just to prove that people with schizophrenia do the same things you do and if that inspires someone, well that is a better PR campaign than the one society has going.

I hate to say it, but if someone publishes almost any non-stereotypical story about a person with schizophrenia, I’ll take it. No argument here.

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Inspirational Porn About People With Schizophrenia? Bring It On!

Rebecca Chamaa


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APA Reference
Chamaa, R. (2016). Inspirational Porn About People With Schizophrenia? Bring It On!. Psych Central. Retrieved on August 16, 2018, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/schizophrenia-life/2016/01/inspiration-porn-regarding-schizophrenia-bring-it-on/

 

Last updated: 13 Jan 2016
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 13 Jan 2016
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