I was watching family feud the other day, when I was troubled by a question they asked. The question was ” Who would you give up your seat for on the bus?” The reason the question troubled me is because, in the “real world” people have to ask themselves this. People ask themselves “Should I just stick to myself or should I give the seat to someone who needs it much more than I need it?”
The second reason the above scenario bothered me was the ableistic mindset that surrounded it. The elderly, and pregnant/women were BOTH said before “Disabled”. It was a harsh reminder that those of us who struggle tend to be looked over. I see how the elderly might deserve a seat out of respect/health, but pregnant women are perfectly capable (unless suffering medical issues) of standing. I know I’m looking into this little TV question way more than it needs to be, but when you struggle with illnesses on a daily basis and continue to see ableism around you, these little things just tend to get under your skin. Chronic illness sufferers deal with enough as is, we don’t need ableism. Be kind, offer us the seat…we’d appreciate it.