A Question I’m Asked

::I posted this on social media but I think it belongs here as well.::

When I am asked about the repercussions of having a baby from this particular body — if I am aware that I might be dooming my child to a life like mine, this is how I respond: First, this is the best time in history to have bipolar disorder. There are so many treatments available. Secondly, I find the phrase “your bipolar disorder” problematic. Yes, there is an aspect of bipolar that seems to be genetic, but it’s not an absolute. Telling disabled people they can’t have kids because their kids might be like them (as if that’s a bad thing) is a bit mean, ableist and eugenics-y. So, what would I do? Love her and tell her she will do amazing things on this earth and that there is beauty in her difference.

 

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