beeftony:

Toph’s blindness was one of the most excellently handled aspects of AtLA because it wasn’t treated like a disability. So often in shows (and especially children’s animation) disabled characters are limited to apperances in “very special episodes” where the main characters have to learn a lesson that these people are capable “in spite of” their handicaps, like that episode of Kim Possible wherein Kim constantly stumbles over herself around Felix. This approach is often just as insulting as making them the butt of jokes, because it’s patronizing and it limits the amount of roles disabled characters are allowed to have.

Avatar challenged that stereotype with Teo, and then sent a giant middle finger its way by introducing Toph. She’s turned what would otherwise be a disability into an advantage, and she’s not afraid to crack jokes about it. She functions well enough that the other characters often forget that she is blind, but at the same time it’s an integral part of her bending and allows her to be the greatest earthbender ever. It sends a powerful message that having a physical disability does not make you less of a person, and often affords you a unique perspective that the so-called “normal” people never get to experience.

One of the many reasons I love this show.

(Source: thetalesofbasingse)

  1. wunder-blunder reblogged this from frek
  2. spoopyscarysatsuki reblogged this from midoujesus
  3. little-miss-yuma reblogged this from midoujesus and added:
    For obvious reasons I am so thankful to srunble upon this post tonight
  4. midoujesus reblogged this from gaara-temari-kankurou
  5. excusal reblogged this from feminism-fuck-yeah
  6. dominotheninja reblogged this from invisiblecows
  7. spooky-queercutdiamond reblogged this from snowysentiments
  8. sorry-i-haveband reblogged this from personofminorinterest
  9. adventuresnevermeanttobetold reblogged this from personofminorinterest
  10. personofminorinterest reblogged this from invisiblecows
  11. invisiblecows reblogged this from that-trumpet-geek
  12. bigredbang reblogged this from that-trumpet-geek
  13. that-trumpet-geek reblogged this from kshvf
  14. solluxcaptor15382 reblogged this from hipsterenoughyet
  15. kshvf reblogged this from thatemilyperson
  16. hipsterenoughyet reblogged this from crazy4smosh-anthonyandian
  17. lucydmarin reblogged this from crazy4smosh-anthonyandian
  18. crazy4smosh-anthonyandian reblogged this from floppyturnip
  19. a-ya-92 reblogged this from nephthys747
  20. smorgensternn reblogged this from lipstick-feminists
  21. staticswaves reblogged this from beeftony
  22. the-lady-blue reblogged this from lipstick-feminists
  23. randomrockernerd reblogged this from dww13
  24. cipher-admin reblogged this from lyraeon
  25. nephthys747 reblogged this from perrov