Toward a Feminist Theory of Disability

  title={Toward a Feminist Theory of Disability},
  author={Susan Wendell},
  pages={104 - 124}
We need a feminist theory of disability, both because 16 percent of women are disabled, and because the oppression of disabled people is closely linked to the cultural oppression of the body. Disability is not a biological given; like gender, it is socially constructed from biological reality. Our culture idealizes the body and demands that we control it. Thus, although most people will be disabled at some time in their lives, the disabled are made “the other,” who symbolize failure of control… 
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