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Inspiration porn is the portrayal of people with disabilities as inspirational solely or in part on the basis of their disability.[1][2] The term was coined in 2012 by disability rights activist Stella Young in an editorial in Australian Broadcasting Corporation's webzine Ramp Up[3] and further explored in her TEDx Talk.[1] She rejected the idea that disabled people's otherwise ordinary activities should be considered extraordinary solely because of disability.

Criticisms of inspiration porn include that it "others" people who experience disability, that it portrays disability as a burden (as opposed to focusing on the societal obstacles that people who experience disability face), and that reducing people who experience disability to inspirations dehumanizes them,[4][5] and makes them exceptionalist examples.[6]

The 2016 TV show Speechless explored the concept in an episode where it explains inspiration porn as "portrayal of people with disabilities as one-dimensional saints who only exist to warm the hearts and open the minds of able-bodied people."[7]

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  1. ^ a b Young, Stella. "Stella Young: I'm not your inspiration, thank you very much | TED Talk". TED.com. Retrieved 2015-08-19.
  2. ^ Heideman, Elizabeth (2 February 2015). ""Inspiration porn is not okay": Disability activists are not impressed with feel-good Super Bowl ads". Salon.com. Retrieved 19 August 2015.
  3. ^ Young, Stella (2012-07-03). "We're not here for your inspiration - The Drum (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)". Abc.net.au. Retrieved 2016-03-29.
  4. ^ Rakowitz, Rebecca. "Inspiration porn: A look at the objectification of the disabled community | The Crimson White". The Crimson White. University of Alabama. Retrieved 5 March 2018.
  5. ^ Mitchell, Kate (17 July 2017). "On Inspiration Porn". Huffington Post. Retrieved 5 March 2018.
  6. ^ Henningham, Nikki (2014), Damousi, Joy; Rubenstein, Kim; Tomsic, Mary (eds.), "'Part of the human condition':: Women in the Australian disability rights movement", Diversity in Leadership, Australian women, past and present, ANU Press: 149–166, ISBN 9781925021707, JSTOR j.ctt13wwvj5.11 |chapter= ignored (help)
  7. ^ "'Speechless' Just Schooled Everyone On Disability 'Inspiration Porn'". The Huffington Post. 2017-01-16. Retrieved 2017-04-18.

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