August 18th, 2010

A clarification and apology.

This post is specifically in response to a number of people talking about the possibility of Eames as dyslexic on my Eames is Brilliant post, as well as in response to this post by apiphile.

While my post didn't mention dyslexia specifically, I was pretty obviously (though not explicitly) responding to an Inception fanon that says "let's have fun making Eames illiterate/dumb as rocks/making fun of his horrendous ability to spell things properly."

As fic, I feel like that kind of gesture is totally hilarious and fun and harmless. As a fannish trope, however, I feel like it carries an implied association and judgment about learning disorders, and I think that implication is problematic. The fact that our first response to "how's your spelling/piss off" is "let's make Eames dumb as rocks!" is an insult to everyone who's struggled with any academic subject. (Not to mention, it's probably just cause for serious eyerolling from everyone who believes "can't spell" is not actually a personality flaw.)

So. I made my post about Eames, and even though it didn't explicitly address learning disorders of any kind, I did respond to that problematic phenomenon, and because I responded to it without clarifying my position, I made the post, and myself, complicit in that implied judgment.

I'm sorry for that, and I apologize. I'm so sorry to have given anyone that impression, and I'm even sorrier that this reading is totally a valid response to my post because I didn't actually do a lot of elaboration to clarify what my point was. I definitely had a twinge of 'will people think you're judging people with learning disabilities if you leave it at this' as I was writing it. I chose to post anyway, without taking the time to clarify, and I'm sorry.

For anyone who cares, my actual thoughts on Eames, the character, and his education or lack thereof, are Collapse )-

- but none of that is relevant to my actual point, which is that no one should ever, for a second, feel like they're being judged because they can't spell or do math or because they don't know what the capital of Iceland is, or haven't read Shakespeare, or because they have a learning disability.

And if my post made anyone, at all, feel that way, then I just want to apologize to each of you. I have edited the original post for clarification, and to link back to this one.

Again, I'm very sorry.