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Erica Mones is a writer, podcaster, YouTuber, and disability activist from Long Island, NY. Her work has been published in…

Madison Cawthorn standing with a metal walker beside an American flag.

Madison Cawthorn, Inspiration Porn, and (internalized) Ableism

I wish Cawthorn used his platform to undermine ableism by showing his political party that not everyone can stand, and that is okay. I wish he showed the GOP that it is okay to be Disabled. I wish he acted as a role model to Disabled children, showing that he doesn’t have to perform able-bodiedness in order to be a leader. He can lead just as efficiently from a chair. There is enough pressure on Disabled children without having someone like Cawthorn standing and catering to able-bodied norms.