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When Inspiration Porn is Simply Inspiration

Cerebral Palsy (CP)

Aly Brown

What is inspiration porn?

According to the Huffington Post, inspiration porn occurs when someone’s accomplishments are inspirational due to the fact that they have a disability. A lot of people with disabilities view the term inspiration porn negatively.  The Huffington post also states, “It’s a problem because disabled people don’t exist to inspire others, and simply living with a disability isn’t something that should inspire other people.” Most people with disabilities don’t see the value in sharing their accomplishments with the world or having their accomplishments talked about all over the media because they are able to graduate high school or obtain jobs just as their able-bodied peers do.   

Live to Inspire with Cerebral Palsy

I, a woman with a movement and muscle disability known as Cerebral Palsy, have to disagree with the views behind inspiration porn. I used to be one who hid my disability because I didn’t want to be viewed as incapable or different, but as I have gone through three surgeries that have changed my life dramatically and lost family and friends through different traumatic events in the last three years, I have realized that my life has always been one that is different and meant to inspire others. 

Redefining inspiration porn

I shouldn’t replace the dream of walking across the stage at college graduation by using my wheelchair just because I’m afraid of looking different when I use my walker. Also, if the media wants to share my different story to make sure as many people as possible become aware that no matter their difference, people’s dreams have value, I welcome the idea and you should too. I didn’t go through three surgeries in three years to improve my life just to hide what I worked hard to overcome. I believe we are all different in some way to keep this world interesting and we should not be ashamed of the ways people accomplish a task or share that accomplishment. I think we should get rid of the term "inspiration porn," but not in the way you think. I think the idea of inspiration porn should still exist; we should use our differences to inspire ourselves and others to accomplish what we thought wasn’t possible, but just simply call it inspiration. Embrace your difference to be the difference because that is technically what inspiration stands for.

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