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PCC has these advertisements on the sides of their vans and buses and such that show a picture of a student with the caption "Future Civil Engineer" or what have you, the name of the student, and some quote from them about how much they love PCC. Today, I saw one that featured a young black woman, sitting in a rather nice manual wheelchair, looking perhaps even a bit gender variant (this, of course, is pure fantasy..... I wouldn't even try to identify her sexuality or gender identity...It was a picture on a van.... But I'd like to think she is also queer. It makes me happier) and the caption under her picture said "Future Homicide Detective" and the first thing that popped into my head was "Oh, they'll never let her do that."

And my eyes got watery.... Not because of the injustice, as you may expect, but for the very fact that my default position--my first thought--was NOT: "Oh, she'll never be able to do that."

I can't express how grateful I am to be truly rid of THAT kind of thinking

Date: 2010-08-24 04:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fogbear.livejournal.com
It took a minute to parse the difference, but once I got it, it was profound.

Thank you for your very good point.

Date: 2010-08-24 05:10 am (UTC)

Date: 2010-08-24 02:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hugh-mannity.livejournal.com
That is a huge and very important, but subtle difference.

Now all we need to do is smack *them* upside the head. Piece of cake. (I wish!)

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