Below is something you’ll find useful if you’re a disabled woman. I thought about what rights and freedoms we disabled females must have in order to live equally in society, and this, my friends, is based on many a Facebook and twitter posting featuring a disabled person, female mostly, and what they want and deserve. Some of it is based on my own experience. You’ll find an outline style below, but it begins with a pretty straightforward preamble.
We, the disabled females of the world, in order to live freely in a society that claims we’re disposable and not valuable, strive to form within ourselves the boundaries and equality with men who are like us, the nondisabled public, and the governments of all countries at large. We consider ourselves equal to all living humans in the global scale, and we are, to put it as bluntly as possible, a class of human beings who are entitled to the same inalienable rights as our nondisabled and male disabled peers.
1. We disabled women have the right to exist from birth to natural death, regardless of a family’s desire to have, raise, and otherwise destroy us.
A. We have the right to be born.
B. We have the right to be raised in favorable circumstances that constitute success.
C. We have the right to education in a school that supports our needs, including physical, emotional, and social needs.
D. We have the right to graduate from schools of higher learning.
E. We have the right to work, no matter what employers may try to do to put barriers in front of us.
F. We have the right to marry and join with another person in love and with dignity. See article 2.
2. We have the right to be seen as equally sexual beings with desires and love.
A. We have no desire to be sterilized.
B. We have the right to be as female as we identify if we were born male, even if we’re disabled.
C. We have the right to refuse sexual advances, especially from strangers.
D. We have the right to work in places free of sexual harassment.
E. We have the right to be sexual in our own way, whether we love a man, a woman, and/or no one at all.
F. No man or woman in any space has the right to grab us, put their arms around us, or simply tow our bodies around without our express permission.
3. We have a right to exist in schools.
A. We have a right to learn with our potential acknowledged.
B. We have the right to be graded equally with our able or male peers.
C. W have the right to learn whatever subject matter we desire.
D. No occupation should be closed to us unless it interferes with our disabling conditions i.e. blind people driving a stick shift car without guidance systems.
E. College is a right that should be given us if we qualify, and not with having to disclose our disability.
F. The healing arts should be open to all of us, male and female, with a disability.
4. The right to socialize or date.
A. We have a right to be accepted socially in a peer group.
B. We have a right to marry at age eighteen, and only when we choose to.
C. We have a right to be pregnant, if we are able, or adopt children if pregnancy is not something we can do.
D. The children have a right to be in our custody, regardless of ableist bias in the courts.
We, the disabled females strongly refuse any nonexistence in any spaces where it is thought that we are unwelcome. We must be taken into account when domestic violence is perpetrated on us. Since the nondisabled public sees us as vulnerable, we hereby adopt this constitution to explain and make clear that all myths and perpetuations of disability are false. They are downright exclusive, and we want our minds, our bodies, and our souls to be acknowledged, heard, and included in all spaces. We are endowed by the Creator, the Universe, or deities, all the rights, privileges, responsibilities, and freedoms of the public.
Elizabeth Taurasi and the disabled public identified as female