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]
Fundie Index: 21
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@shykid: Thank you. I couldn't have said it better myself. As a queer who is just a shade off legally blind in on eye, the stupid analogy was obvious (I guessed early, but as someone else said the word "normativity" sealed it) and offensively weak. I can't remember ever being physically assaulted on the street because of my glasses. I applaud your eloquence and incisiveness.
@checkmate: "sarcrastic"? Is that a portmanteau of "sarcastic" and "crass", or does your idiocy pervade your command of language too?
Also, my school textbooks had several people who wore glasses, and a few with eyepatches. That applies to the fictional characters they featured, and historical figures we studied. The same can be said for just about any media.
10/2/2012 5:50:55 AM
For a moment I thought this was real, because I see shit like this in tumblr "social justice" communities with alarming regularity.
10/18/2012 5:22:14 PM
Let me guess. this is a very transparent, yet a very flawed alegory to homosexuality.
If people with one eye got called abominations because of a holy book and they get bullied to suicide, then there would be a legitimate comparison. Since nothing like that happened, then shut up.
11/7/2012 2:36:06 PM
this just sounds like a stand-up comedian to me.
If this is a joke, it made me laugh. If this is serious (blasted Poe's law,) it makes me cry.
1/9/2013 3:11:43 AM
That sounds really interesting, Jeff. With that kind of fire and gusto for the non-normative, you would be an asset to the Accept LGBT movement. Come and join us, why don't you?
Joke aside, homosexuality ought not to be a disability whatsoever. You don't need any aids to funtion in society, you don't have to ask others for help in your daily routines. What gender you are attracted to should be as non-interesting as whether you like big boobs/muscles or small boobs/muscles.
1/9/2013 6:29:42 AM
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