Being Seen

One Deafblind Woman's Fight to End Ableism

Audiobook, 288 pages

English language

Published Nov. 20, 2022 by Tiller Press.

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4 stars (1 review)

A Deafblind writer and professor explores how the misrepresentation of disability in books, movies, and TV harms both the disabled community and everyone else.

As a Deafblind woman with partial vision in one eye and bilateral hearing aids, Elsa Sjunneson lives at the crossroads of blindness and sight, hearing and deafness—much to the confusion of the world around her. While she cannot see well enough to operate without a guide dog or cane, she can see enough to know when someone is reacting to the visible signs of her blindness and can hear when they’re whispering behind her back. And she certainly knows how wrong our one-size-fits-all definitions of disability can be.

As a media studies professor, she’s also seen the full range of blind and deaf portrayals on film, and here she deconstructs their impact, following common tropes through horror, romance, and everything in between. Part memoir, part cultural …

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mostly a media analysis

4 stars

ok so when I started this book it was very reluctantly. i am abled and have not confronted my own ableism a lot, so i was expecting it to make me feel guilt, shame, the whole fragility shebang when confronted with one's own bigotry. but actually, i did not because a) this is a very funny book as elsa sjunneson writes in a very snarky way b) it is mostly about ableism in the media, so it didn't really teach me to change something about my behavior, specifically, but still got me to question some assumptions and thought patterns