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In the past I've gone on as many of us have about some of the prevailing attitudes of the sighted towards the disabled and the blind specifically. However, does anyone notice some of the more WTF things we blind people say about one another? This is apparently the elephant in the room so, like probably my last rather dark satire, this might stir controversy.
You see it in social media and message boards all the time. "Why do some blind people do (insert assorted behaviors or terms here?) No wonder sighted people think we're stupid." These assorted actions and words could be calling one another blinks, naming inanimate objects, or any sort of behavior considered un-sighted-like by the asker. There are some mighty huge assumptions here. First, we are assuming that oodles and oodles of sighted people are monitoring our personal on-line interactions to use as amunition against us or as a test to judge our worthiness in sighted society. Do you know and understand and grock how utterly paranoid and self-conscious that is? Here's how I see it. For most people, we are invisible because we're one of many groups that fall so far outside the norm that nobody really gives a damn what we're doing. They've got bills to pay and dinner to make and kids to rush off to school and have no time to monitor our communications or to watch us specifically. So, no, we are not under constant surveillance by the sighted majority.
Second, this assumes that our behavior is the only reason why we are treated the way we are in the public. The general population's primal caveman fear of the dark, the unknown, and going blind has absolutely nothing to do with it and we have total control over how we're treated if only and if only we'd all as a body just stop acting like blind people and act like sighted people with broken eyes like we're all supposed to. Then we'll all get good-looking sighted partners and high-profile jobs and hang out with the cool kids at the cool kids table instead of having to settle for blind partners, take the bus everywhere, and be stuck at the losers' table with the other blind people. LOL!
Third, it's blame the victim. All your problems are entirely your fault. Your behavior, even if it's a little thing, makes people treat you funny, people don't just do it on their own, and it's all your fault and under your complete control.
So there, I've now analyzed my first one. More as they happen.

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