We flew back home Sunday (arrived early Monday morning), and on the way we had one experience that just shocked me.
My fiance had gone to take Hudson out to do his business, as it was a long connection so we had time for it. I was on my scooter and headed to check in with the gate agents so they knew to pre-board me so we had time to get everything taken care of and settled properly.
A man started snapping pictures of me. I couldn’t believe it! He didn’t ask, and by the second picture I was giving him the ‘WTF is wrong with you?!’ look.
When my fiance returned with the dog, the guy once again took pictures. When my fiance rode the scooter back to the gate agent so it could be checked, even more pictures.
I’m furious. I don’t know what the hell people are thinking when they pull shit like this. It’s not the first time it’s happened, and most of the time it’s people of asian descent. I don’t know what’s going on, but I don’t like it. It feels like being fetishized – people are taking pictures of me because I look disabled. Or maybe it’s people who are taking pictures because I’m fat and disabled and use a scooter, so they can har har over the way I use a scooter because I’m fat (nevermind that I’m fat because I have a disability and have been on meds that increased my weight, and the scooter is to relieve pressure on my feet and knees that they can’t take because of my multiple, overlapping disabilities). It makes me so damn mad.
I’m not here for you to take pictures of and amuse yourself with. I’m just living my life and I’d like the space to do so without being a THING to you, thankyouverymuch.
(On the other hand, the guy who wanted to take a picture of Hudson because he’d never been on a plane with a dog before? He asked first, and I was totally okay because A) the picture was of the dog, not me and the dog, and B) he ASKED and waited for me to okay it rather than just jumping in and taking pictures.)