The Danger of “Inspiration Porn”

This is a discussion of the complex problem of “inspiration porn.” “Inspiration Porn” is the adulteration and cultural appropriations of disability imagery juxtaposed to irrelevant quotes or phrases that cause a shamed reaction, internalized oppression and exasperated ableism.

 

Objectives:

– Distinguish between the powerful imagery and the shaming quotes which, combined, creates “inspiration porn” in media.

– Effectively argue against “inspiration porn” without minimizing the hard-work and success of people with disabilities in media.

– Knowledgeably participate in a movement to reclaim the art that is the original, unadulterated photography.

– Understand how “inspiration porn” negates efforts toward full inclusion and participation in society of people with disabilities and objectifies the bodies and adaptability of people with disabilities.