3002: I’m Not Your Metaphor

A lovely piece on the old “Illness as Metaphor” theme — among other things, it criticizes a kind of narrative prosthesis and the whole “social pathology” rhetoric. “And the body is not miraculous or brave, even though it does so many things you think it shouldn’t be able to. And the body is not just like yours even though there are overlaps in desire and function. Sameness is not a prerequisite for solidarity. And you should care about it even if you have made conscious attempts to ignore our bodies, to look away, to avoid hospitals and the smell of home care. And you shouldn’t need an apology because the body is not wrong.”


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