Piss On Pity

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Piss On Pity is a rallying cry for those in the disability-inclusive circles of world politics. According to its proponents, the implication of the slogan is that pity, while seeming to be a positive, helpful emotion, actually is derogatory. According to them, it is based in conscious or unconscious aversion to disabled people and the ableism that that aversion consciously or unconsciously represents.[citation needed]

Activists using the slogan will often explain that their ultimate goal in a militant, provocative slogan of this type is to get across the message that, like anti-racism and anti-sexism, they want to purge pity from worldwide social discourse on disability, at both the governmental and cultural levels, and instead foster disability-inclusive practices and equal power politics.

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  • Godrej, Dinyar (November 2005). "Disability in the majority world". New Internationalist. Archived from the original on 6 September 2008. Retrieved 3 December 2009. A slogan from the rights movement in the West is more to the point: ‘Piss on pity.’ Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)