Ableism andheteronormativity are explored in the dichotomies between ability/disabilityand straight/gay respectively. Although, they are two different set of dichotomiesboth share common approaches in how society is structured. There is a sayingthat an individual can freely express his or her interest, rights andprivileges.
However, everyone has their own opinion to these differentdichotomies, which often leads to problems for certain groups in society.Ableism is thediscrimination against individuals with disabilities. It is a structure ofpower due to the dominant views that devalue and limit access to disabledindividuals (Dennison 1.9.
2018). The piece of expressive culture that wasintertwined with ableism is, “The Curb”. Able-bodied individuals oftendisregard a disabled individual’s needs such as incorporating ramps and curbsfor disabled people to get and from places safely. Abled-bodied individuals mayunintentionally make a disabled individual feel left out. This leads to the ideaof, “The Curb” being “a source of social exclusion” (Dennison 1.
9.2018). Whichprohibits the access of disabled bodies to cross the street safely.
Accordingto the Seattle Times Article, “Seattle may haveto spend millions making sidewalks more accessible to people withdisabilities”, the curb ramp issue took a while for it to become approved as a casebecause the claims that were argued were constantly denied (Gutman 2017). Themore powered-able-bodied individuals sociallyexclude people with disability because able-bodied individuals do not really thinkabout the need for curb ramps and who needs them. Due to the idea that disabledindividuals are lacking and underdeveloped.Ableism is defined by howpeople in power view people who are disabled versus someone who is not disabled.In contrast, heteronormativity is about the relationship between a male and afemale that is considered the norm in society due to the social codes that areaccepted in society (Dennison 1.
23.2018). According to the article called, “WhyHeteronormativity is a Bad Thing” by Cochrane explains the reasons whywe should reject ideas of heteronormativity. In this short article, the authorexplains how, “If you’re not heteronormative, you’re forced to explainyourself, while cisgender and heterosexual people don’t have to” (Cochrane2016). Cochrane convinces the reader to not assume that if a person does not “comeout”, it does not mean they identify as straight by default (Cochrane 2016).
Aperson might be afraid of living up to a negatively viewed image due to theoppression and discrimination towards the LGBTQ community. Both terms relate to theterm, “Majoritarianism”. As heteronormativity is the norm in society it is themajority. The government tends to reinforce ideas of the majority, due to manypeople that have power are part of the majority and disregard the well-being ofminorities.
In this case, the disabled bodies and individuals challenging theheteronormativity norm. Inour society, there have been multiple supreme court cases in which, the bans onsame-sex marriage has been struck down (Boso 2016). Even though the courtmembers have decided to favor same-sex marriage the discrimination andstereotype threats towards the LGBTQ community experiences are becoming worse.There are groupings in society and not being a part of the majority or the normputs you in the minority or abnormal category. Whether it is being disabled orbeing straight or gay there is social exclusion. I think that individualsshould be aware and to respect, an individual’s interest, needs, who they wantto be attracted to, and how that individual identifies him/her self should be regardlessof the situation.