No Cure Necessary


At The Establishment, Mariah Ramsawakh discusses the damaging, unrealistic “miraculous cure” trope often found when the media portrays characters with disabilities:

People with disabilities are tired of being lumped together as less than able-bodied folk, and being told they’ll only be the “real” versions of themselves when they’ve been cured. When I asked my three disabled participants what they wanted out of the media instead, I heard the same thing from all of them: they wanted real, full characters who have good days and bad days. They wanted characters who loved their disability, who wouldn’t give it up if they even had the option.

Katie O'Brien is an English major at Cornell University, where she writes for kitsch magazine, DJs for a rock station, and complains about the cold. Find her on Twitter @abluekite. More from this author →