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Why Spreading Disability 'Inspiration Porn' Is a Problem

Many times, a situation will arise and I find myself too scared to voice my thoughts. This year, as part of Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month, I’m pushing myself to spread my experience of living with a disability.

As is the experience of many disabled people, I have received my fair share of messages from well-meaning people that are chock-full of inspiration porn. Recently, I received a message about a woman who adapted the original challenge of running a certain distance to cycling on a stationary bike. She did this to fit her needs due to her disability. I was encouraged to look at the story as I might find it “inspiring.” This is problematic on many levels.

“Inspiration porn” is a term coined by disability activist Stella Young. The term

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