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Aside from my own near-sightedness, astigmatisms and presbyopia, three family members have lost an eye – for a variety of unrelated reasons. Two of them wear prosthetic eyes. Yet everywhere I look, it is a two-eyed world. When was the last time you saw someone on television take out his prosthetic eye? My family started a campaign; you may have seen some of our bumper stickers: “Monoculars Unite!” “Blind is Good!” “End Binocular-Normativity!”

Textbooks should show more people with no eyes or one eye – why do they all assume people have two eyes? Kids with glasses get teased and called “four eyes.” Our national anthem is an insult – no, I can’t “see by the dawn’s early light” – until I fumble around and find my glasses. I spent a month protesting 20/20-vision-normativity by not wearing my glasses. After a couple car accidents, my wife made me put them on again. People with good vision don’t have to spend thousands of dollars over their lifetime for glasses, contacts, prosthetic eyes, LASIK, cataract surgery, seeing-eye dogs or learning braille. It’s just not fair.

Jeff Johnston, Citizenlink 55 Comments [9/30/2012 7:43:32 AM]
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Street Sharks

GOD HATES GLASSES!!

9/30/2012 12:37:12 PM

Snarker

And I thought the carrots and donut guy was crazy.

9/30/2012 12:40:26 PM

Old Viking

Limp analogy.

Anyway, W. C. Fields told the story about a guy who got so drunk his glass eye fell out and landed on the bar. Unaware, he staggered out. When the bartender saw the eye he realized what had happened and set it aside. When the drunk returned the next evening the bartender gave him the eye. Ever since the incident, Fields says, the bartender was known as "Honest John."

9/30/2012 12:51:34 PM

nazani14

Having just had cataract surgery (was in the Army when it was unmanly to wear sunglasses,) I think you're an idiot.

Not fundie, just dumb.

9/30/2012 12:53:52 PM

Jezebel's Evil Sister

What, if anything, does this have to do with fundyism?

9/30/2012 12:55:32 PM

John_in_Oz

You should first be worried about your single brain cell.

9/30/2012 1:33:24 PM



People who don't have diabetes don't have to spend thousands of dollars over their life time going to the doctors to get frequent check ups and buying insulin, changing their diets, and having to stick a needle into their body everyday, it's just not fair!

9/30/2012 1:45:09 PM

Meeeh

Oh this is funny, I'm still laughing like crazy here.

9/30/2012 1:49:48 PM

Kamism

I want to see this is a troll, but it just seems too detailed to be a troll.

Trolls aren't that good any more.

9/30/2012 1:55:41 PM

UHM

I'm the child of two visually impaired parents and I want to say, shut the fuck up and get over it.

Yeah bumper stickers calling for blind people to unite are a great idea.

"I spent a month protesting 20/20-vision-normativity by not wearing my glasses. After a couple car accidents, my wife made me put them on again."
That's so fucking stupid and so fucking dangerous.

"People with good vision don’t have to spend thousands of dollars over their lifetime for glasses, contacts, prosthetic eyes, LASIK, cataract surgery, seeing-eye dogs or learning braille. It’s just not fair."
Mhh, you could whine and feel screwed over your whole life -- or you could get a brain and notice that you wouldn't have to spend that much money living in a state that has Universal Health Care. So if you don't want to pay for that all by yourself, get a fucking sign and go demonstrate to change something. Now of course the time investment isn't fair, scream at God for that shit.


9/30/2012 2:09:58 PM

checkmate

I find it mildly amusing that a majority of the members of a website which criticizes fundamentalists for taking the Bible literally and calls them stupid for doing so takes part of a sacrastically formulated analogical blog entry seriously and literally without recognizing its intent, even out of context.

Interesting, but not surprising.

9/30/2012 2:17:40 PM

Xotan

So? Who ever thought it was supposed to be fair? People get illnesses, die of hunger, get savaged by animals, etc., etc. And it's not fair.

It's also not fair that you endanger others by not wearing your ocular prosthetics. More, it's criminal! More especially as you confess that you have been in accidents. It would likely be held that you were responsible for those accidents - perhaps you already have. And your insurance company will be very interested to learn that you were not wearing your glasses.

Give over your pathetic whining. I've been wearing glasses since I was 16. I'm now approaching 70, and I am thankful that I have been able to lead an ordinary and normal and fulfilled life. It is even more so now that I have been able to marry my partner of over 40 years. I should mention we are gay. No big deal in civilised countries or to civilised people. The country that invented democracy and first brought civilisation to Europe about 3,000 years ago, had no great problems with homosexuality. It appears you do. Speaks volumes about you.

I think this is my first time on this board to say it: for pity's sake STFU!


9/30/2012 4:03:42 PM

Berny

This is simply stupid.
Talk about cursing the darkness rather than lighting a candle.

9/30/2012 5:32:50 PM

Reckoner

This is the stupidest analogy I've ever heard. What is this even trying to prove?

9/30/2012 6:15:23 PM

BobsOldSocks

And there we have it, the end of any credibility FSTDT ever had. Bye now.

9/30/2012 6:16:30 PM

Nagol

The context that this is a comparison to gays attempting to raise awareness would've been nice. In any case, this analogy is stupid. There, that sentence is more than it deserves.

@BobsOldSocks

Don't let the door hit you on the way out.

9/30/2012 6:19:23 PM

John

It's always difficult for someone with a disability to live in a world where it's assumed that everyone is whole. It's weak consolation to someone with one eye to point out that some people have no eyes or are deaf or confined to a wheelchair or need to have dialysis twice a week. Society does the best it can to accommodate these things reasonably.

9/30/2012 7:09:34 PM

Mike Litoris

When was the last time you saw someone on television take out his prosthetic eye?

Why, just the other day, as a matter of fact. I saw "The Last Action Hero" on one of the movie channels.


9/30/2012 7:23:34 PM



Jeff's analogy is so broken it does not even make sense.

9/30/2012 8:17:33 PM

Fellow Troper

@Lady Evil

You're looking for "Eyepatch of Power".
Troperman awayyyyyyyyyyyy

PS: I, too, believe have the context posted with the quote would have been nice.

9/30/2012 11:44:35 PM

John_in_Oz

@ Checkmate

I don't criticise people for taking the Bible literally. I haven't yet met anyone who actually does, despite loud protestations that they do.
I criticise people for taking it seriously. That collection of self-contradictory creation myths is no more credible than those of the Sumerians, Vikings, or Greeks.
Every time it uses the word 'spirit' you can replace it with the word 'imagination' and get an identical description of observable reality.
But now that you suggest the we mock the literalists, I can see many reasons for doing so.
The main one of course being the idea that your God must be as insanely literal as a Southern Baptist.
The next most powerful reason is that the people who claim to take the Bible literally don't in fact do so.When was the last time you stoned a man for adultery?
The literalists introduce the craziest metaphors while claiming they are reading it literally. One televangelist I heard claimed "Eat my flesh" means "Read my word". This is dishonesty or craziness, no other option.
The widespread conspiracy theory that Scientists interpret the evidence to say "there is no God" because they are atheists is just wrong. As a rule, religious Scientists become atheists because the evidence says "there is no God".
God grants prayers with exactly the frequency that random chance predicts if there was no God. No matter how enjoyable it is to indulge in the mental masturbation of convincing yourself that falsehoods are true, when you use those falsehoods to justify war, slavery, murder, bigotry and injustice, you can and should be opposed. In its own modest way, FSTDT contributes to this noble cause.


10/1/2012 1:22:23 AM

Noneofyourbusiness

@SpukiKitty

It's the word "normativity" that gives it away.

10/1/2012 1:32:29 AM

VioletBeauregarde

From the first, (even without reading the comments) I could tell that this was a failed attempt at an anti-gay analogy! I'm very near-sighted and it is NOTHING like homosexuality. Homosexuality is NOT a disability, it is a sexual orientation...

10/1/2012 1:57:01 AM

Anon-e-moose

Actor Peter Falk ("Columbo"). Former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Goalkeeper (Stoke City FC, England* national team) Gordon Banks.

Your argument is invalid.

*- A goalkeeper with only one eye (thus no depth perception)? Who'd have thunk it. And seems that this was no impediment to he being Stoke City's goalie, least of all for being chosen to play for England, and when they won the World Cup in 1966, no less. Your argument is invalid II.

I love the smell of arguments blasted out of the space-time continuum in the morning. Smells like... victory.

10/1/2012 8:24:38 AM

a kid comparedto this site

Sounds like Tumblr if it wasn't sarcastic.

10/1/2012 11:56:40 AM
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