Disability is a Feminist Issue

6 06 2009

Hoyden About Town reports that the Australian government is proposing a scheme to lower the amount of disabled parking permits available to the community by forbidding individual people with disabilities who walk using a cane or without a mobility device from receiving permits.  Not all disabilities are immediately discernible to the eye which means that many people with disabilities that aren’t so blatantly visible will be refused accessible parking.  This is all done in the name of “harmonization” which is just a bullshit excuse.

Why is this a feminist issue?

Women will be disproportionately affected by this change because many disabilities that are invisible or harder to discern that affect one’s mobility affect more women than men.  For example, more women than men are plagued with chronic fatigue syndrome/ME, fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus, osteoporosis and many other autoimmune disorders.

Furthermore, women tend to occupy a larger parenting or caretaker role in the family.  Which means that women are the ones driving their kids around from school to soccer practice, dance lessons, music lessons, play dates, doctor’s appointments, dentist appointments, etc.  So if women with disabilities are not granted accessible parking their lives and by extension, their children’s lives become incredibly more difficult and complicated.

Call to Action – Send this pre-written letter to the government protesting the “harmonization of disability parking permit scheme.”


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