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Owning my projection; an acknowledgement and apology

Posted by Philip on 7 October 2015, 7:04 am in , , , , , , , , , ,

I got a fair bit of flack for the post I wrote on Friday, asking disabled people to toughen up and stop telling their stories of hardship in public. I also criticised inspirational speakers, as well as media portrayal of disabled people triumphantly doing ordinary things.

I'm not used to the kind of negative vitriole with which a few people responded — it was quite affronting and upsetting. Nevertheless, I should note, my disparaging audience was balanced ten-fold by those who liked the post. I've been reflecting on the reason for the offence and, prompted by a question by a more balanced commenter, why I feel so strongly about this issue. After all, strong reactions are mainly fuelled by psychological projection.

So, what I wrote was about me, not about the people I criticised. To answer the question, "Why is it affecting you personally so strongly?" I've reflected on what's going on for me.

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I had restricted access to voting booth then was treated like a second-class citizen by election officials because I use a wheelchair

Posted by Philip on 5 September 2014, 3:29 pm in , , , , , ,

orange elections mascotUPDATE 09 September 2014: I'm pleased to say I have been contacted by the Electoral Commission and the Grey Lynn Returning Officer since writing this email/post.

Email to the Electoral Commission


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Bullying - a retrospective

Posted by Philip on 26 April 2012, 11:48 am in , , , ,

As Pink Shirt Day is less than a month away, on Fri 18th May, I thought I'd put together a retrospective of some of the posts I've written on the subject in the past year or so. Click on the title to see the original post and comments.

Check out the new Pink Shirt Day website and video, too.

Responding to bullying through diversity

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Playing the society game - when is it unsporting to break the rules?

Posted by Philip on 13 April 2011, 7:43 am in , , ,

I've just watched TVNZ Close Up's unusually good report about the pathetic treatment of two disabled travellers who, to make matters worse, were TV reporters going to meetings about the NZ Government's Disability Campaign.

FAIL doesn't describe it and Jetstar CEO David Hall didn't do himself many favours trying to apologise, because really he was just intent on justifying their paternalistic policy.

What struck me though is this: the two didn't signal they were wheelchair users when they booked, despite the airline asking that they do so.

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