?

Log in

Previous Entry | Next Entry

"Shallow End of the Gene Pool"

Rob (my husband) used the phrase "shallow end of the gene pool" while we were watching a movie last week. It's a phrase I've used in the past. But last week was different, because now I know where that phrase originated from.

And I don't think it's funny anymore.

I don't think it's funny because I know that people with "feeblemindedness" (i.e., epilepsy, learning disabilities, developmental disabilities, or "loose morals") used to be sterilized, by force, in the US, and that our eugenics program was an "inspiration" to the Nazis.

I don't think it's funny anymore because society assumes a life with a disability is worth less than a life without one.

I don't think it's funny anymore because a fetus with a disability, or with a high chance of having one, is more likely to be aborted than a fetus without one.

I don't think it's funny anymore because I used to think that it would be better for me not to have a baby than to risk having one with JRA (Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis), because I didn't want to put the child "through that".

I don't think it's funny anymore because I know what it felt like to get off of the Special Ed bus with all my classmates watching, assuming I was Less of a Person than they were.

I don't think it's funny anymore.

Comments

( 2 comments — Leave a comment )
almadefortitude
Sep. 2nd, 2008 10:36 am (UTC)
What a powerful entry.

Thank you for sharing.
nietzsche
Sep. 22nd, 2008 07:07 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad you don't think it's funny anymore. What leads people to think it's funny to begin with?
( 2 comments — Leave a comment )

Profile

disability_hist
For the History of People with Disabilities

Latest Month

September 2008
S M T W T F S
 123456
78910111213
14151617181920
21222324252627
282930    
Powered by LiveJournal.com
Designed by Akiko Kurono