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Animalisation – The Elephant Man

Animalisation of disabled people, as a technique of inferiorising them, making them as ‘lesser than human’, as ‘not-human’. At least not the ‘human’ that is valued the most in colonial patriarchal society: the white abled bodied man.

A classic example of animalisation of disabled people is ‘the Elephant Man’ (movie from 1980) based on the life of Joseph Merrick, who most likely had proteus syndrome (causing an overgrowth of skin, bones, muscles, fatty tissues, and blood and lymphatic vessels).

trailer of The Elephant Man
Black and white poster announcing the movie "The Elephant Man." An incredible but true story .. probably this year's best film.  
Phot of a person standing with pale hood over head and hat, and draped in a coat. Text next to person reads: " I am not an animal! I am a human being! I ... am .. a man!". 
Anthony hopkins John hurt as the elephant man.
poster for movie The Elephant Man [alt txt incl]

1 comment on “Animalisation – The Elephant Man

  1. Pingback: Disabled bodies on display: dissection of ‘elephant man’ – Crip HumAnimal

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