Today’s blog post is inspired by an original video I saw on YouTube, made by Jubilee, you can watch the full video here. Many other YouTubers also made similar videos like this, which if you like, you can search it up on YouTube as well. But, since I don’t do YouTube, and I still want to participate and add my voice to this, I thought why not make it a blog post version of it, and I hope/think this is OK to do.
So, what this is about is: in Jubilee’s original video, 6 blind YouTubers were interviewed a series of questions, (they’re more like statements than questions), and ranked them from 6 categories, which are: Strongly Disagree, Disagree, Somewhat Disagree, Somewhat Agree, Agree, Strongly Agree; and then, explain/elaborate on each choices a little bit more.
Let’s start by giving a short and sweet self introduction first. My name is Xin (Carol) Sun. I’m legally blind, and I live in Canada. I’m a blogger, a public speaker, and a disability & social justice activist. Now, let’s roll right into the questions:
* Being blind has enhanced my other senses
Somewhat Agree: I think, I just became more aware of my other senses more. Let’s give you a simple example, when I cross the street, because my sense of sight is poorer, I have to also rely on my sense of hearing, to help me get across the street safely. But I wouldn’t say, my hearing is better just because my vision is worse.
* I prefer to date fellow blind people
Somewhat Disagree: I think the notion that disabled people should only date other disabled people is absurd (here, I’m not saying they should or shouldn’t, I’m just saying, it’s not the only choice). Personally, I don’t have a lot of experiences with dating (and this has nothing to do with me being blind or disabled). But one thing is clear is that, I prefer to date someone I have common interests with, and that that person is good to me; it doesn’t matter if the person is blind or sighted, or the person has or doesn’t have a disability.
* I’m less shallow about romantic partners
Somewhat Disagree: I think, regardless of my vision loss, my view of seeing or knowing a romantic partner doesn’t and shouldn’t change all that much. Yes, it’s true that, I may not have the absolute feedback on, let’s say, someone’s good looking or not, because I don’t see as well, as a fully sighted person. But then again, I also believe that, look isn’t everything in a romantic relationship.
* Unsolicited help makes things harder
Strongly Agree: I think this is not only true because I’m blind, but it holds true with my chronic illness as well. I think overall, able bodied people have a tendency to try to “fix” blind/disabled/chronically ill people. And one way of this “fix” is by giving unsolicited advices. I have known these people in my life, some are family members/relatives and some are strangers on the street. No matter the person, they and their advices aren’t helpful, at all. And hence, they make things harder for me.
* The city I live in is easily accessible to me
Somewhat Agree: First of all, I think I’m very fortunate, because I live in a smaller, and less crowded city. And on top of that, in this city I live in, I live in the most convenient part of the city. This is a huge advantage for me, as someone who can’t drive, and don’t need to, because I can get to most needed places on foot. So on that front, it’s accessible. But, I wouldn’t say that the entire city is accessible everywhere.
* I am offended when “blind” is used as one of my descriptive characteristics
Somewhat Disagree: At this stage of my life, I’m fully OK with being described as blind, I describe myself that way and don’t have problems with that. Now, when other people describe me as blind, my comfort level lies on how they do it. For instance, if their way of describing me as blind in a positive way, I don’t have issues with that; but, if their description of my blindness is in any negative way, I in fact do have problems with that.
* Being blind has affected my mental health
Somewhat Agree: I answered this the way I did is because, if I’m honest, my mental health was way worse before my vision loss acceptance (for reasons I won’t discuss in details here). But I won’t deny that, being blind is anxiety provoking at times. And statistically, blind people are more prone to experience anxiety and depression.
* I have experienced discrimination
Agree: One form of discrimination I faced and continue to face is employment discrimination. Another example of discrimination is, inaccessibility.
* If I could regain my sight with a cure, I would want to
Disagree: I think over these past few years, and since I fully understood and came to terms with my vision loss, I’m both comfortable and confident to say, I don’t feel the need or want to have a cure for my vision loss. Also, a while back, I already wrote a blog dedicated to this topic, and if you’re interested, you could read it here.
So! This is the end of this blog. I hope I made it interesting-I know it’s different from seeing it on YouTube, but I think nothing wrong for being creative! Lastly, I won’t tag any specific person to do this but, if you’re interested, go ahead, and you can do either a video or a blog version, the choice is yours.
By: The Invisible Vision Project