[Cross-posted to FWD (feminists with disabilities) for a way forward)
Message to TABs (Temporarily ABled folk):
It’s not yours.
It doesn’t describe the sleepy feeling you get at the end of a long day, nor the feeling you get when your kid wakes up for the third time in a night, nor the feeling you get because you went for a bike ride yesterday or are pulling shiftwork right now or feel like a weekend nap or stayed up late last night reading a book or whateverthehell else is going on in your life.
It’s a word for people with disabilities, an oppressed group, to describe our lived experience, which is not the same as yours. Our oppressors taking our language is not ok.
Many of us know what not having a chronic illness feels like, including not-having-a-chronic-illness while parenting or exercising or pulling shiftwork, and it is nothing like this. Ordinary done-a-bit-much tiredness has nothing in common with the experience of people with genuinely limited spoons (and typically a whole other bunch of symptoms), and who are going to feel the same every single day for the foreseeable future. No.Thing.
Your co-opting of this term is NOT OK with me.
Further reading: “The Invisible Crutch” at She Dances On The Sand, an “Invisible-Knapsack”-style privilege list.