Katie Rose Guest Pryal on “Inspiration Porn”

William Murphy, Setanta – The Story via Flickr

William Murphy,
Setanta – The Story
via Flickr

 

From Katie Rose Guest Pryal’s September 25 post in her Chronicle Vitae series on psychiatric disability:

People who call you brave for disclosing a disability often feel “inspired” by you as well. Like this: “Your bravery in sharing your psychiatric disability with the world is so inspiring.” (That’s not an actual quotation from a message I received. Not exactly.) “Brave” plus “Inspiration” is a double-whammy of terrible. As the brilliant Stella Young has so nicely put it, “We’re not here for your inspiration.”

See more of Katie Rose Pryal’s “I’m Not Brave.”

 


How does the notion of “bravery” affect the dialogue surrounding breast cancer? Here is one example:

And a Brave Day™ Pink §emonade Project

 

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