chapter  10
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Vera Chouinard and Ali Grant, 'On not Being Anywhere Near the "Project": Revolutionary Ways of Putting Ourselves in the Picture' (1995)

This section discusses what it is like to live in an ableist and heterosexist society. Ableism is defined here as any social relations, practices, and ideas which presume that all people are able-bodied. Examples include: evaluating disabled workers by the same criteria used to evaluate able-bodied employees, holding events in physically inaccessible locations, and treating not being able-bodied as defining a disabled person. Heterosexism refers to social relations, practices and ideas which work to construct heterosexuality as the only true, “natural” sexuality whilst negating all other sexualities as deviant and “un-natural.” Examples include: legal definitions of “family” which do not include same-sex couples, assumptions that peoples’ partners must be of the opposite sex, hostility toward lesbians and gays who make themselves visible in territory dominated by heterosexual relations and norms (e.g., public places and workplaces), and failing to recognize and appreciate lesbian and gay cultures.