This book by Eli Clare, explores the landscape of disability, class, queerness, and child abuse, telling stories that echo with the sounds of an Oregon logging and. Third Edition of. Exile and Pride: Disability, Queerness, and Liberation. A finalist for a ForeWord’s Book of the Year Award. Exile and Pride Cover. Get this from a library! Exile & pride: disability, queerness & liberation. [Eli Clare].
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Exile and Pride: Disability, Queerness, and Liberation!
The best resistance literature describes a specific moment in history and is written within the context of an organized movement. Exile and Pride seeks to discover and explore how the disabled community can create pride, what words or symbols demonstrate this pride, and which collective or personal histories should be celebrated rather than simply witnessed.
As a transgender individual with cerebral palsy, the activist also explores the various ways prid body has been stolen and abused, and how such abuses can be avoided in the future by a revolution in the way mainstream society views and treats disabled individuals. He also introduces his audience to a time and place that few who do not read Exile and Pride will ever ponder.
The disabled community is of course no different. While embracing the terms cripple and queerClare pushes back on the use of the word freak and uses his unique brand of storytelling and personal narrative to explain the reasons why.
I think one of the liberahion characteristics of resistance art is that it effectively raises the awareness of those in the mainstream.
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For instance, although I have never watched it, I libetation never realized the annual Jerry Lewis marathon was a source of such anger and irritation for so many disabled individuals.
It is awareness of such issues that will bring the cure to ableism that Clare and millions of other disabled individuals and allies seek. However Clare adamantly rejects such notions and instead envisions a world where people disablity as him as seen as full participants in mainstream society. Clare gracefully describes how the media and the pornography industry have led women to believe that being objectified is a manifestation of their own sexuality.
Exile and Pride: Disability, Queerness and Liberation
The confusion between self as object and disabilith as subject has created a culture where violence and degradation are accepted forms of sexual expression. Unfortunately, as Clare points out, feminist debate over the topic of pornography and sexual expression remains polarized. As an individual with disabled family members, I read Exile and Pride in a quest typical of those in the mainstream that Clare expresses frustration over.
I read the book in an attempt to come to some understanding of the world in which those different from me live in. We all live together in the same world, but with vastly different realities.
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