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#ReadMyLipsIamAlwaysBoth:Thoughtsondisabledidentityandwomanhoodon#InternationalWomensDay

Karin Hitselberger
Karin Hitselberger Writer. Disability Rights Activist. Inclusive Fashionista. Lover of Selfies and Foxes. Ready to Change the World!
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#ReadMyLips  I am Always Both: Thoughts on disabled identity and  womanhood  on #InternationalWomensDay

In honour of #IDW2017 I wanted to share this post I wrote a while back about the importance of disabled identity with a couple of additional thoughts.


I am disabled. I am a woman. I am never one without the other. I'm always both. I am not disabled more than I am a woman, or a woman more than I am disabled.


The experience of intersectional marginalized identities is not one of simple addition. I can't clearly identify where my womanhood ends and my disabled identity begins. They are separate identities, but when they're  brought together they create something different then a mere sum of parts.


My womanhood, and the way I experience it is inextricably tied to my disabled identity, and my disabled identity is inextricably tied to my womanhood.


The way I experience, exist, and move through the world is shaped by their intersection.


I am a disabled woman, and that is its own beautiful, complex, complicated, valid experience


#DisabledIsNotABadThing #InternationalWomensDay #DisabledWomanAndProud  #AwarenessMeans



This message was posted as part of #ReadMyLips, a campaign enabling individuals to share a personal message with President Trump on what they want from him for women's health and women's rights these next 4 years.

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Karin Hitselberger
Writer. Disability Rights Activist. Inclusive Fashionista. Lover of Selfies and Foxes. Ready to Change the World!

I'm Karin! I'm 26 years old, and am finding my way through this world one day at a time! I am a grad student, a disability rights activist, an inclusive fashionista, and a blogger. I also work at a nonprofit in Washington, DC. I believe that advocacy is a lifestyle, rather than do something you do [...]

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