February 21st, 2009


The Potterian Doublethink 1: Race, abledness, and magic

Before I begin, let me apologize for the tone of my last meta. To be sarcastic toward the readers who didn't see anything wrong with HP was not part of my intention, yet what I said (especially in my LJ cut, etc.) ended up offensive. Belatedly, I realize that my anger was partly fueled by self-hatred: the fact of the matter is, I hadn't seen the structure I discussed until the night I wrote it, and this had made me embarrassed and angry with myself. Hence overcompensating words like "blatantly obvious." Deep down, I was ashamed that it actually hadn't been, for me.

But now I'm starting to realize, you know... There's actually an extremely good reason why we don't tend to see these structures.

There's nothing actually wrong with us. Any of us. So I'm going to let myself off the hook, and remind myself that, after all, bitterness never gets me anywhere.

Having thus calmed down a bit, and with my heartfelt thanks to each and every one of you who have taken the time to comment, both critically and supportively, I want to try and articulate one thing I completely failed to address in my last post: ablism.

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