i have such a busy schedule. i may have to cut out “studying” to make room for “crying over tv shows” and “4 hour nap”
i have to say, i think the end of ”how to train your dragon” gave a disabled character pretty respectful, and positive, representation - especially as it relates to disabled children being able to not only see themselves in media, but see themselves as an adventurer [if that’s what they want to be], rather than the same old tired, ableist tropes.
like, i think it’s pretty cool that when hiccup wakes to see he’s now an amputee, he doesn’t wail in sorrow, rather than just seems to be quite nervous - as would be a pretty typical response for most people, i think.
i feel like it also gives a positive, fluid representation as an assistance animal, without placing emphasis on the idea of ”special” needs, with toothless, who helps hiccup overcome his anxiety and helps him to take his fist steps.
and i really love the fact that they show hiccup using a modified stirrup for his prosthetic, rather than being forced to give up doing what he loves, with his community helping create an accessible, accommodating surrounding for him.
disabled children deserve to see themselves and have their stories told - even in worlds of fantasy and the fantastical, where anything is possible.
Bromeo and Dudeliet, a forbidden bromance between two bros in rival fraternities, in fair Vebrona where we lay our scene
Two frat houses, broth alike in dignity
in fair Verbrona where we lay our scene
From mancient grudge break to new dudetiny
Where civil blood makes civil mands unclean
Bromeo Bromeo, no homeo
People complain about Tumblr being “too sensitive,” but…I actually kind of appreciate it. It’s helped me get in the habit of checking what I say before I post it, and thinking about how my words might affect others. My writing teachers at school taught me about so-called “proper” grammar and spelling, but they didn’t teach me how to write in a way that respects people. They taught me how to argue a thesis and defend an idea, but they didn’t teach me how to recognize when an idea was fucked-up, and when you should apologize and back down instead of trying to defend what you said.
Tumblr has problems too, of course. But I do feel like I’ve learned something here that I wouldn’t have otherwise.