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
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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 [...]