“Blending in is a privilege only available to a few. Not being judged for your appearance is reserved for fewer yet. The “look of nothing” is never going to be available to those who are marked as “other” because the world has already placed identifiable markers on us. Controlling the way we look, even embracing the fact that we stand out, is a way of challenging this.”
Hm… not sure. Article written by a disabled person against “normcore”. I don’t know if I agree on this “essential other” idea- that the world necessarily places identifiable markers on someone. Is there a difference in terms of physical and psychological markers and response patterns? To what extent do we want ourselves, or does someone else want/not want themselves to be different, and in what capacity ARE we different. If I see a person in a wheelchair I do not immediately judge them on this fact, psychologically. BUT I do make certain physiological judgements, am more prone to hold doors open, offer assistance, move.
I am prone to agree with this argument, but there is something I see here that runs deeper and into more estuaries other than just disabled/race/gender rights, and I don’t know if I agree with that part. To what extent is forced individualism healthy? How much do we create ourselves and how much are we created? Is blending in a privilege or a blight?