This is why I hate so much of the transabled “conversation.” As someone who grew up physically disabled and continue to experience ableism a million times a day, I understand the reticence. And I get there other things like “transethnic” on here, too. That…that…I don’t even know where to go with that.
But there’re far, far too many similarities with this and transphobia (especially transmisogyny). That trans experiences are a medical condition, that trans women appropriate cis women’s spaces, that being a woman in a sexist society is bad.
How do you have constructive conversations about transability through relying upon abliesm? Here we have Anderson saying that “people in chairs would do anything not be in this wheelchair.” So, Chloe felt alone; she takes solace in having a medical disorder to avoid stigmitization, she gets accused of appropriating space, and it gets re-affirmed that being disabled in an ableist society is bad.
Disability is nuanced and messy. It’s something that carries with it a lot of complexity that gets erased by the medical model and obfuscated by the social one. If, as I believe, there are 6.4 billion ways to live gender, there are just as many ways to live disability.