Channel 4 disabled dating
And it suffers from gross paternalism too, parading the parents of disabled daters before the camera to comment on their offspring’s love-life.
Channel 4 isn’t the only broadcaster guilty of this, and it’s not just non-fiction that suffers from this representation problem.
Many suggested the name alone is making a mockery of the disabled community, when in fact it attempts to take the common misconception society has that people with disabilities are ‘undateable’ and prove it wrong.
This is represented from the start when the lighthearted opening credits pop up with the title of the show and a cartoon cupid knocks off the ‘un’ leaving the ‘dateable’ standing alone.
Disability is uniquely pathologised, seen as something wrong with somebody’s senses.
Ultimately, however, what makes a disability ‘disabling’ is society’s failure to accommodate someone’s needs.