|Madeline Stuart, Model credit Twitter|
Here's the problem. Beyond the usual "pull yourself up by your own bootstraps" style inspiration porn generated by Maddy's success, her before and after photographs are being used in the worst possible way to promote fat shaming of her peers, to impose the myth of indistinguishability, and objectifying stereotypes that could actually harm her peers. Maddy has several after photos, but the one being promoted is the one of her in a bikini. The story became one about her weight loss rather than her setting a goal for herself in order to improve the quality of life for herself and her neurodivergent peers and doing the work to achieve that goal.
|Maddy at a photo shoot credit Facebook|
|Maddy Stuart, representing credit Twitter|
The take away from her story should simply be that once again, we need to include disabled adults in society completely, not just as interesting exotics, tokens, or exceptions, cease using them as fetish objects and allow them to set their own goals because they are perfectly capable of meeting and exceeding them.