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Story idea: while on public assistance, welfare recipients are denied the use of their colour vision, as well as their senses of smell and taste.

Date: 2017-04-18 06:46 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] gingicat
Ick.

Date: 2017-04-18 07:03 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] alexseanchai
Also my knee-jerk reaction.

I mean, as a story premise it could make a fabulous illustration of the expectations people of all income and/or wealth levels have of poor people, and also of the baseless cruelty people in general direct toward poor people. And if carefully handled it could also excellently illustrate how racism (and public perception of welfare recipients as predominantly people of color, esp. black people) interacts with poverty. And how disability interacts with poverty, especially with regards to accessibility concerns!

But the idea is seriously ew.
Edited Date: 2017-04-18 07:04 pm (UTC)

Date: 2017-04-18 08:36 pm (UTC)
gingicat: drawing of me based on wedding photo (Default)
From: [personal profile] gingicat
It's not the same, but I know I read a story in IASFM where the protagonist developed gut bacteria that could handle anything a cow could. The idea was that she could keep people from starving. Unfortunately (in the story) Big Business took this as license to thoroughly destroy agriculture in East African countries.

Date: 2017-04-18 08:41 pm (UTC)
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Wheee

Date: 2017-04-19 12:46 am (UTC)
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It also suggests a new dimension for bondage play.

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