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.

Johnny Crescendo, founder of the Disabled People's Direct Action Network, released an album "Johnny Crescendo Piss on Pity Complete" in 2014, described as a journey through the Disability Rights Movement and thinking since the mid-1980s to the present day.[1]

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  1. ^ "Johnny Crescendo's Piss on Pity Complete available on digital media". Disability Arts Online. 23 September 2014. Retrieved 1 April 2015.