Analysis Of ' The Reader ' Of Supplemental Readings For Women And Disability By Marsha Saxton

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Internalization vs. Resisting Oppression

All women have the potential of facing issues of gender, their bodies, sexuality, reproduction, abuse and violence. But what one may fail to realize is that women of disability experience a wider range of these types of issues on a daily basis. Oppression of disabled women is a huge controversy that leaves our society with many unanswered questions. By taking a deeper look on this issue, will help us understand the effects of oppression on disabled women by analyzing four specific examples from “The Reader” of Supplemental Readings for Women and Disability by Marsha Saxton, PhD, that expands more on women of disability that both internalize and resist oppression. What is oppression and how does one internalize it and/ or resist it? Oppression is seen as a system of discrimination, stereotyping, and unjust treatment against social groups in society. Those who suffer from oppression usually suffer from internalized oppression, also known as “self-hate,” which people start to believe and act out the stereotypes that are created against their group. But not everyone internalizes these types of beliefs against their social groups. Many also resist oppression by taking pride in who they are, and accept their identity by not letting the stereotypes create the person society “thinks” they should be. Women are a social group that have suffered from oppression throughout many years, but what about women of disability? Sometimes
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