Analysis Of Minority Effect

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The short film, “Minority Effect”, explores what it would mean if able-bodiedness was not the norm, but instead if communities were populated with wheelchair users. Compared to popular media, this film used a non-disabled body to contrast to disabled bodies. Usually, disability is mobilized as a plot point to highlight the qualities of able-bodied people. They are never the protagonist and used as a means to reach a lesson. But what is the effect of minoritizing a majority group? Does it achieve awareness or does it just perpetuate the discrimination and oppression of marginalized groups? In “Minority Effect”, the reversal of roles is problematic in that it is counterproductive in that it still subscribes to common misrepresented…show more content…
Neoliberalism calls for a pulling oneself up by the “bootstraps”, which places everyone on the same playing field and expects them to perform the same just by being “inclusive”. This reversal of roles also suggest that disabled people aspire to be able-bodied. By depicting an able-bodied person as seeking acceptance from the wheelchair-using majority, it proposes that in the real world, disabled people are seeking acceptance from able-bodied people. But while the man in the film could sit down on a trashcan in order to feel included, someone confined to a wheelchair cannot stand in order to feel accepted by their able-bodied peers. The last scene of the film is the most key. The man walks into a room for a community meeting, for which the flyer reads “open to all in the community”, and he seem apprehensive. He seems to perhaps be worried that he might not be accepted into the space and might be rejected as part of the community due to his able-bodiedness. As he walks through the door (an interesting detail since he has to physically open the door, which would not actually be accessible to the majority of wheelchair users), the camera angle is at his eye level, looking down at the rest of the community as they turn around to stare at him. Throughout the scene, the camera angles switch between his eye-level to the eye-level of those in wheelchairs, which switches who the focus is on in that
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