Well, now I am more confused than ever. I expected Petra's introduction to resolve my incomplete understanding of disability culture, but it certainly did not do that. To begin with, Petra asserts that there is no singular disability culture; disability cultures are numerous and exist in different capacities and spaces. Disability culture is not exclusive to disabled people alone and can include non-disabled "allies" (not a fan of this word) of the disability community. Disability culture is also a process, that evolves and shapes itself to historical times and cultural environments. Nonetheless, disability culture tries to eliminate other forms of exclusion –race, class, sexuality, etc.– to focus on the corporeal self alone. Perhaps this is my biggest concern with Petra's notion of disability culture. I think it is exciting that she envisions a culture where these complicated identity markers do not exist, but it is not realistic in my opinion. Our identities affect our bodies and our relationships with them, therefore, to pretend these identities do not exist for the purpose of reducing exclusion in disability culture, is ridiculous. Disability does not exist in a vacuum and intersecting identities should not be ignored for the sake of simplicity. Petra acknowledges the importance of acknowledging intersecting identities and identity-based priviledges in conversations about disability but seems to only want to do so when the conversation is positive. Petra wants disability culture to "safeguard against perpetuating or erecting other exclusions", nevertheless, these exclusions exist in other cultures, and part of disability culture ought to include having conversations about them. Honestly, Petra does not discuss this for long enough in her introduction for me to believe I have a thorough understanding of her idea about this topic, however; from what I did read, I did not agree with it. Let me know if you read it differently because perhaps I missed something... something tells me I might have because the rest of her introduction seems fairly agreeable.
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