The notion of ‘disability’ has radically changed within my lifetime, as well as the level of stigma that is attached to it. In the 1980s, no one but those who were significantly impaired and therefore unable to hide their conditions would deliberately wish to be regarded as ‘disabled’.
Nowadays, everyone seems to want to be disabled as the lines between illness and impairment are blurred. I always say that everyone has impairments to some level, like wearing glasses or taking medication on a long term basis, but having an impairment does not necessarily create the social disadvantage and barriers needed to consider yourself as a ‘disabled person’.
But when society is currently hypersensitive in trying not to offend those who self-define themselves as ‘disabled people’, as the definition of dysability is so complex, many people want to be ‘disabled’. It is a term that comes with rights, and the easy excuse of telling others what you can and can not do without other people having the ability to challenge them currently.
This is clearly a dream come true for the workshy. While they always had back pain as an excuse, and now depression and anxiety to use as well, the disability label allows them to have more rights, more authority and more excuses not to work.
While this is the point half of my readers’ jaw drops as my new found honesty comes into play. Most left wing ‘disabled/workshy activists’ want you to believe that ‘everyone wants to work but…’. This can not be true as there must be people who do not see working as something they want to do but rather a financial necessity. If they believe they can have the state meet their income needs without working, it is a lifestyle choice that makes them a part of the workshy community.
The last place you would go if you really wanted a job is the Job Centre, but instead, you would go to recruitment websites in these times of low unemployment. You would go to the Jobcentre only if you wished to be unemployed and on Jobseekers Allowance.
But just being unemployed means you have to look for work, and there is always the risk you may actually find suitable work, with no way of escaping. To prevent this, declaring yourself ‘too disabled to work’ by claiming ESA is the only option left to do to ensure you do not have to work again.
Since you may be unsure what conditions make you unfit for work, you may decide to write as many conditions as possible down since it was always easy getting a sick note from the GP for any old thing, surely that counts for something.
Like it or not, this is likely to be the mindset of workshy people, who see ‘disability’ as an easy way out of working, using minor conditions that simply did not count in the 1980s. Their use of dysability does not mean they have any respect, understanding or compassion for people with significant impairments, who have been pushed out of their own movement as the workshy left have taken over.
For many liberals and left-wing activists, disability is no longer about the social barriers of people with significant impairments but rather a symbol of the alleged poverty the workshy who mock disability face. It is now time people with real impairments reclaimed dysability as the battle to remove actual social barriers for those who really face them.
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