Her use of humor specifically making fun of herself

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order to better engage the audience. Her use of humor, specifically making fun of herself, humanizes her as a presenter and helps the audience regard her as a normal person, shifting the focus to her content and not pity for her disability. Moreover, by drawing on personal experience she provided two relevant anecdotes (the ‘community achievement’ award and the instance when she was asked about her ‘speech’ while teaching) that clearly illustrate the issues with what ‘they say’ i.e. how disability is incorrectly viewed in society, which continually reminded the audience of the issue at hand and perfectly set up Young to present the ‘I Say’ part–how disability should be approached instead. What I found most striking was her introduction of the phrase ‘inspiration porn’–this was an effective comparison between porn and the use of images of disabled people to create viral, inspirational content for abled people, as in both cases there is a group of people being objectified and dehumanized. To be honest, before watching her talk, I never realized how harmful such ‘inspiration porn’ could be, and I may have even liked some of these posts on social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram and found them heartwarming or used them as motivation. I now understand the harm caused by perpetuating such content, as instead of celebrating disabled people and their real accomplishments, their likenesses are used as tools to guilt non-disabled people into working harder.
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  • Fall '13
  • Stella Young

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