At the intersection of disability and masculinity: exploring gender and bodily difference in India ... context‐defined, meanings that, in turn, have different implications for how gender and disability might intersect. In India, presence of different societal and cultural norms have restricted access of reproductive and sexual rights to people with disability. The intersection of disability, gender, and sexuality. The cross over, or ‘intersection’, of disability and gender has received increasing attention in recent years. Not only did this activity minimize the complexity and struggle of the blind student’s experience, in my opinion it also poked fun at the challenges of the group as a whole. Sarah Manchanda critiques the reinforcing roles race and gender can play in the institutional othering of disability. They understand intuitively what I am saying and don’t question the validity of my claims when I speak about any microaggressions I’ve encountered during the day. For the Chronicle, disability was an intersection that did not merit attention. In these circumstances, being disabled amounts to an embarrassing exception to the social norm: an exception rejected by those in charge of enacting society’s code of beauty and rules (i.e. I find comfort in talking to people who have similar lived experiences to my own. What is remarkable of course is that disability and violence—especially sexual violence—go hand-in-hand. Human Rights Council, Twenty-ninth Session, United Nations General Assembly A/HRC/29/27/Add.2. The World Report emphasises the different lived experience of PWD and people without disabilities. This erroneous conception of disability has been in existence for eons. My perspective is needed. The views and opinions expressed on this website reflect those of the CSA&G and unless explicitly stated, do not reflect those of its donors, partners or the University of Pretoria. It is important to engage in raising awareness and other forms of public education, to engage in further research on disability, and to facilitate PWD’s improved access to mainstream service… Sarah Manchanda is a Ph.D. candidate in special education. Enabling citizenship: Gender, disability and citizenship in Australia. Research on disability, specifically the intersection between female gender expectations and disability, increased due to this movement. Looking at the Past with a New Perspective: The Intersection of Disability and Gender and its Importance to the Field of History. It is important “to make the links between gender and disability, as two aspects of social identity which lead to potential marginalisation from a society which is designed and run by able-bodied men” (Abu-Habib 1997:1). Ultimately such policies highlight societal beliefs that disabled individuals have less value than the able-bodied. World Health Organization & World Bank Group. In a similar way disability as biology has been seen as determining disabled people’s choices and … There is a need to address these biases, and the intersection of gender and disability is one area of great concern. This type of violence uses the limitations of women with disabilities as a space in which to happen frequently and sustainably. PE 4: Gender, School and Society. These disparities appear to be irrational. I have sat in classes unprepared for discussion because I have not received the readings in an accessible format. People with disability have continuously been excluded from the mainstream, and when the intersection between disability and gender happens, the exclusion becomes more prominent. Because she drew on logic to build her position, any challenge to this stance could be interpreted as irrational. Stigmatisation appears to be the keystone of the relationship between disabled people and their more able-bodied fellow citizens. But I have found on multiple occasions that when I have explicitly drawn on those identities to support my viewpoints, other academics have interpreted my claims through a deficit lens. Within this framework it is, therefore, possible to observe that “disability is a marginalised status in contemporary society, one that is nearly always described in negative and offensive language” (Barnes 1992: 42). Because no single affinity group meets my needs, I have sought out many groups and broadened my connections on my campus. Report of the Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women, its Causes and Consequences. Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society 25(4): 1263-1268. The Body Silent: the different world of the disabled. Disability and gender at a cross-roads: a Palestinian perspective. The purpose of this paper was to describe the intersection between gender and disability, and the impact of disability on the lives of disabled men and women. Such discrimination extends to other socio-economic and political areas. An instructor in a graduate department of special education who identifies as white, female and able-bodied shared that she had developed a new activity for her Introduction to Disability course. In this paper I review the intersection between gender and disability, which remains a key barrier in the establishment of an inclusive society in which everyone can live a dignified life. Stigma: Notes on the Management of Spoiled Identity. Feminist and disability studies are producing new understandings of disability and gender. Such established cultural traditions are at the opposite end of the spectrum to the provisions in the CRPD that prohibit discrimination against any person on the basis of disability. UK and Ireland: Oxfam. The World Report notes that more than one billion people, i.e. Gerschick, T.J. 2000. Day by day, my connections to the work have deepened, and I see my lived experience reflected in many of the texts I choose to engage with. Female PWD are not expected to be independent, given that they are expected to play the roles of daughter, wife and mother in relation to men. Article 1 of the CRPD defines people with disability (PWD) as including all those who have long-term physical, mental, intellectual or sensory impairments. Toward a theory of disability and gender. But it has been helpful to know my legal rights with regard to accommodations and to advocate for those rights to be respected. Arushi Garg - 15th July 2016 OxHRH. Yaroslava Kravchenko: A Ukrainian theatre director using the power of performance to take on gender-based violence 16/11/2020 Hand over the mic to: Teodora Stojilković, Serbia As an example, in recent news, the states of Alabama and Washington adopted protocols for rationing lifesaving medical care that discriminated against and limited access to these resources for individuals with disabilities. At the same time, we were hearing … Overlooking the fact that she was speaking to a blind individual, she proceeded to explain to me how she had her students blindfold themselves and play a game of tag. The intersection between disability and gender-based violence is of particular concern because some forms of violence against women with disabilities have remained invisible and have not been recognised as gender-based violence due to disability discrimination. It can be demoralizing to read text after text in which disability is connected with deficit and still hold a belief that I can garner the respect and support needed to change inequitable systems from within. I pushed for including the perspective of living with a disability in the course content and suggested bringing in the narratives of people with disabilities who have varied experiences in special education. people without disability). There is emotional labor required in sitting with published texts measuring attitudes toward people with disabilities, and to see terms such as “deviant,” “inadequate,” “pessimistic” and “ego-driven” used to describe disabled individuals. Building community with like-minded peers and mentors is my priority. As these women are often hidden at home, little literature is available on them. Yet analysing the intersection of gender and disability is an important initiative, given that they constitute two of the most severe forms of marginalisation, injustice and exclusion. Meekosha, H. and Dowse, L. 1997. Gender Based Violence. Several decades earlier, Goffman (1963) pointed out that having a disability not only means experiencing certain physical, intellectual or mental disadvantages, but it also involves the experience of stigma from more able-bodied members of society. Women with disabilities have been described as being doubly marginalised on account of their disability and their gender. For example, it was great to see the several references to women and girls with disabilities in the Department for International Development’s updated Strategic … Instead I’ve learned to structurally analyze my experiences in the world. Her research focuses on promoting teacher diversity and equity in teacher preparation as well as understanding the intersection of race and disability as they impact students' experiences of school violence. (Available at  https://disability-studies.leeds.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/sites/40/library/meekosha-meekosha.pdf) Accessed 2 March 2019. Disabling Imagery and the Media: An Exploration of the Principles for Media Representations of Disabled People. Before I started graduate studies, my hope was that my lived experiences as a disabled woman of color would be valued as a form of expertise. While male PWD may still enjoy some forms of relative freedom despite being disabled, female PWD are treated very differently, which may go even as far as “… imprisonment in the home, [being] locked in a single room, without any visitors beyond the immediate family” (Atshan 1997: 54). Figure 1 Mobile ownership by persons with and without disability, by gender and country Abu-Habib (1997:1) reflects the gravity of the problems which disabled women face: … disabled women are indeed worse off than their able-bodied sisters. In the same vein, Gerschick (2000: 12164) observes that “people with disabilities are engaged in an asymmetrical power relationship with their temporarily able-bodied counterparts”. As a Ph.D. student studying special education, my multiple and intersecting marginalized identities have been central to my scholarly work and exploration of issues that affect students with disabilities. Perceptions of disability appear to be determined neither by scientific nor medical facts, but rather by irrational and, to some extent, superstitious thinking. In March 2020, Women Enabled International (WEI) identified a gap in initial global responses to COVID-19: many actors were discussing how to include women and persons with disabilities in the response, but few were considering the unique experiences of women with disabilities and others living at the intersection of gender and disability. She denied me the opportunity of providing input on and co-teaching the course with her in future semesters. Both gender and disability have both traditionally been seen as a product of biology. The Intersection of Age, Gender and Disability in the Prosecution of Sexual Violence in India. Christensen-Strynø, M. B. 9 Katy Steinmetz, “She Coined the Term ‘Intersectionality’ Over 30 Years Ago. Further, with regard to academic accommodations, some professors have shamed me for taking longer to complete an assignment, have complained about how my accommodations are inconvenient for their schedules and have asserted their authority in ways that have made me feel uncomfortable. The Convention on the Rights of People with Disability (CRPD), a landmark document published in 2008, considers disability to be an evolving concept. New York: Norton. The wage gaps between men and women with and without disabilities are just as important as the differences in their rates of employment (WHO 2011: 39). Both men and women with disabilities are made to feel ‘different’; they fail to conform to a traditionally and socially agreed norm of beauty and strength. The United Nation’s Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) officially acknowledges the double discrimination based on gender and disability. (Available at https://www.who.int/disabilities/world_report/2011/en/) Accessed 10 February 2019. In the same vein, Atshan (1997) observes that for the family, disability can mean guilt by association, and being related to a disabled person can damage marriage prospects, owing to the fear of impairment continuing down the line, through successive generations. It promotes the realization of the full potential of all Within this context, Palestinian PWD have been marginalised and shunned socially to the point of invisibility. Meekosha, H. Gender and disability. She expressed skepticism about the time involved in organizing this and ended the discussion after this suggestion. It goes further, raising concerns regarding the gender dimension, which is a key factor in the discrimination directed at, and the marginalisation of, disabled people. The WHO (2011) reports that if PWD are employed, they usually earn less than their counterparts without disabilities; women with disabilities also commonly earn less than men with disabilities. In 2011 the World Health Organisation and the World Bank Group together produced the first World Report on Disability (hereafter referred to as the World Report), an important document that contributes to our understanding of disability and its impact on society (WHO 2011). (ed.) The lack of access to reasonable accommodations comes in many forms and is a consistent challenge. To give a few instances: women with disabilities are twice as prone to divorce, separation, and violence than able-bodied women. © 2020, Centre for Sexualities, AIDS and Gender | University of Pretoria, Strengthened Practice through Collaboration, https://disability-studies.leeds.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/sites/40/library/meekosha-meekosha.pdf, https://www.who.int/disabilities/world_report/2011/en/, Our home and our mother: The gendering of nature in climate change discourses, What AIDS epidemic? Even though I straddle multiple marginalizing identities, I cannot claim authority on the experiences of those who are marginalized in any of those identity forms or other forms. Peers, professors and mentors who know about my disability-related challenges and associated legal accommodations care about my success. Letters may be sent to [email protected]. Mainstreaming and misfitting: Exploring disability and its intersection with gender in online disability awareness-raising videos. Paragraph 61 of the Report of the UN Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women (2015) emphasises the extent to which “women with disabilities shared concerns regarding abuse, fear of disclosure, leaving and homelessness”. I continue to fight to hold the door open for those who will come after me to further expand upon, refine and enhance the vision for an inclusive society. The instructor I interacted with used rationalization to uphold the status quo, arguing that the time and resources required to make the curricular changes I suggested were not feasible for this course. The research literature reflects that gender and disability are usually studied separately. Course Description: This course aims to develop basic understanding and familiarity with concept of Gender and its intersection with class, caste, religion and region.It also intends to make aware about the process of socialization at home and school. Humility is not negotiable. The greatest impediments to a person’s taking full part in this society are not his physical flaws, but rather the tissue of myths, fears, and misunderstandings that society attaches to them. 2007. New York: Touchstone. We are retiring comments and introducing Letters to the Editor. This experience serves to illustrate how a field focused on serving the needs of the disabled simultaneously devalues our expertise. Abu-Habib, L. This Special Issue on Gender is part of the new efforts to transform thinking by exploring how disability and gender (as well as other social categories, such as race, class, age and sexuality) operate together to create the experiences of disabled people. In addition, for those of you who also feel personally marginalized as scholars, I’d like to share the following summary of five understandings that have helped me find the strength to finish the degree and may be of help to you, as well. Meekosha and Dowse (1997: 52) decry the fate of PWD in contemporary society: Simple binaries such as rights/duties, active/passive citizenship and exclusion/inclusion are inappropriate when viewed from a disability perspective because they contain within them unspoken assumptions that social relations are carried out by able-bodied individuals free to contest or follow civil mores. 1997. Even those people who are allies and believe in enhancing diversity and equity have gaps in their understanding of certain forms of marginalization. There is also a higher prevalence of disability among women compared to that among men. – a World AIDS Day message from the CSA&G, Fighting for Pure Lands: Land Purity, Polluting Figures, Male Power and Violence in Zimbabwe. (2016). In such instances, disability clearly appears as a factor that exacerbates VAW. It Work initiative on gender and disability to ensure that the intersection of gender and disability would be addressed, with women with disabilities playing a central role in the process. Disability Inclusion for Youth Workers; 0 out of 24 steps completed 0%. Pity, condescension, embarrassment, or a mixture of the three, are the reactions most commonly encountered by men and women who have a disability, from non-disabled people. I had a visceral reaction to her authoritative claims of expertise in teaching about the experiences of a marginalized group that I identify with. Her reliance on logic as a response to my display of affect can be attributed to white logic and the eternal objectivity it grants to elite whites and eternal subjectivity it imposes on nonwhites. According to Meekosha and Dowse (1997: 50), “Disability is gendered, affecting men and women differentially”. Barnes, C. 1992. If the petition passes, a harmonious interpretation of the statute would require that all POCSO provisions be applied to victims of the relevant mental age. Both disability studies and queer theory are centrally concerned with how bodies, pleasures, and identities are represented as “normal” or as abject, but Crip Theory is the first book to analyze thoroughly the ways in which these interdisciplinary fields inform each other. Despite progress in the development of disability policies and the introduction of anti-discrimination norms, much still needs to be done to shift stereotypical views of disability. Our analysis suggests that disability is a significant predictor of mobile ownership and compounds the gender gap. Both people with disabilities and transgender people experience disproportionately poor health outcomes. United Nations. I have found solidarity with peers in ethnic studies, gender studies and disability studies, as well as strength in the conversations we’ve had around the readings for courses. In terms of health prevention, women with disabilities receive less screening for breast and cervical cancer compared to women without disabilities, and men with disabilities are less likely to receive screening for prostate cancer (WHO 2011: 60-61). In a research paper entitled ‘Disability and gender at a cross-roads: A Palestinian perspective’, Leila Atshan (1997) observes that in Palestinian culture disability is traditionally synonymous with shame and, when congenital, is viewed as a sign of divine intervention or of the work of evil spirits. The CRPD document’s preamble states that “disability results from the interaction between persons with impairments and attitudinal and environmental barriers that hinder their full and effective participation in society on an equal basis with others”. It further extends an intersectional framework by highlighting the gendered aspects of the ways in which different disabilities shape labor market inequalities. This definition echoes the idea that PWD are “forced to claim ‘special rights’, [since] their status as citizens with existing rights (albeit unacknowledged / inaccessible) is negated” (Meekosha & Dowse 1997: 50). Hence disability is not perceived as an inherent feature of a person, but rather as a characteristic that derives from interaction with social attitudes and environmental obstacles, which together may hinder their full and effective participation in society on an equal basis with others. Although the activity she spoke about was fun for students, I found it offensive and irresponsible that the experience of an entire group of disenfranchised individuals could be conceptualized as a game. 5 Lessons Training Membership. 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