Trauma? Thou knowest nothing of trauma.

News 5 Tonight demands if Tin Pei Ling really went through ‘supposed “trauma”‘ (scare quotes theirs). Goh Chok Tong clarified that it was a ‘tongue-in-cheek medical metaphor’. Everyone is missing the point.

Yeah, as though misogyny and ageism weren’t enough, we have to be disablist.

1. You don’t put scare quotes over the word ‘trauma’ or behave with condescension toward the suggestion of psychological hurt. By doing so, you dismiss the real, lived experiences of many of us who experience anxiety, panic, and stress disorders.

2. You don’t make jokes about disability, for fuck’s sake, especially about a form of disability that’s already demeaned and erased in the public consciousness. It’s not tongue-in-cheek. It’s our daily lives.

No love,
Weds.

This was supposed to be a good week, too.

One response to “Trauma? Thou knowest nothing of trauma.

  1. GCK is past the sell-by date and he should just retire gracefully (not that he made any great contribution as a seat warmer)…

    Then again, without him here, the MIW wouldn’t have scored so many own goals…

    Just makes me wonder whose side is he really playing for or he’s just what his nickname suggests – woody

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