Friday, March 18, 2016

How to avoid Inspiration Porn

The worst elements of inspiration porn appear in local papers, then move outward. So I was pleased to see the local River Falls, WI, paper respond to a disabled student winning a big scholarship by just talking about Alma's dreams and academic achievements.

This is a screenshot link, so I don't have an accessible version, but the piece describes the surprise announcement when Alma won a full-ride to St. Catherine's in St. Paul, MN. It describes her academic achievements and interests, her writing, and otherwise offers her as a full person. Nowhere does it use words like "overcome" or "inspiration" to others.

This happened because her mother, when contacted by the local paper for a surprise story, taught them how not to cover her daughter.

Go advocacy.

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