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.
This was supposed to be a good week, too.