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8 responses to “Why Feminists Need To Be Concerned About Accessible Parking Restrictions”

  1. rickybuchanan.livejournal.com/

    As well as a feminist issue this is also a class issue, I believe. Part of the stated restrictions was that prams and trolleys and other “not designed as a disability aid” equipment was not counted as a mobility aid. So if you can afford a specialised disability aid – or have the ability and knowledge to get the government to fund one for you – you’ll magically become eligible but if you have to rely on an ad hoc mobility aid you’re not.

    This makes it, I guess, both a feminist and a class issue, because the type of mobility aid which also caters to a child requiring a pram is both rare and expensive and I’ve never seen the government fund one of those. So if you have a non-walking child you’re doubly out of luck.

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  2. Linda Radfem

    Good points. Also, women are more likely to be the carers of older family members with disabilities, parents, spouses etc. as well as children.

  3. Gossamer

    I think what people with no money are supposed to do is stay in. It certainly feels that way. There are also seems to be an attitude that disabled people don’t have kids, because the only people who are really disabled are those who look “right.” You know, eternal child, sexless, never out with an attendant, all that. Despite all the awesome progress being made in the disability movement, those stereotypes are hard to shake. People used to mistake my lover for my aide before she started using a cane. Now they don’t say anything one way or another.

    I was having some problems with my powerchair last month, and when I took it into be repaired I was told it’d be a week or more, they didn’t know. I told them I needed it sooner if possible, and the lady there told me that there are grocery stores that deliver. Because, you know, the only thing a cripple would need is food or something. Not human contact, not entertainment. I am thankful for grocery delivery services, though.

    It’s weird that because I’m a wheelchair user I’d be entitled to the permit under these rules, but my partner who has RA and mainly uses a cane, wouldn’t. If I can get out of the car safely and there are ramps and flat ground, then I’m usually OK. She, on the other hand, really needs to park as close as possible.

  4. Linda Radfem

    I’m just putting this out there. I plan to write a paper on discrimination within the healthcare system, particularly gender and ability discrimination.
    If anyone knows of any good relevant literature, I would appreciate a heads up.

  5. amandaw

    Yet another reason the social model is what we should adhere to: the medical model does not allow for all these considerations; the social model takes the focus off pwd’s “qualifications” and puts it on society’s structuring.

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