essays Kim Q. Hall In David T. Mitchell's and Sharon L. Snyder's film, Vital Signs: Crip Culture Talks Back (2001/1996), Harlan Hahn quips about the role of food in disability culture and identity. If disability is an identity with a culture, Hahn says, it has to have its own food. Every culture has its own food. "You know," he continues, ". . . we do have a food--fast food! It's so much easier to go to the drive thru than it is to park, get in and out of the car, and go into a regular restaurant to eat" (Mitchell and Snyder 2001/1996). Here, Hahn recalls countless conversations with other disabled people and presents a wonderful moment of crip humor, full of sharp critique for a society that makes dining out an exercise in various forms of tiresome hoopjumping for many disabled people. Interestingly, Hahn's comments differ from messages about fast food in films like Super Size Me (Spurlock 2004) and books like Fast Food Nation (Schlosser 2001) (also a film) and The Omnivore's Dilemma (Pollan 2006), in which fast food is criticized because it makes us fat, brings about early deaths, gives us food poisoning, destroys rainforests
philoSOPHIA – State University of New York Press
Published: Jan 15, 2014
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