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One must infer from what is not said in this account of Allan’s life, is that Allan must have somehow looked physically different, perhaps been part of a minority group or with some other physically visible difference. It seems unlikely that a visibly healthy, white male infant, even one left on the doorstep of a warehouse for people with disabilities, would have automatically been institutionalized. No mention is made in this telling of Allan’s story of what stigmatized him according to the society he was born into.

At the same time, there was increasing social pressure— and sometimes family concerns—that no additional burden be created by allowing such people to reproduce. ”6 In 1927 the Supreme Court decided in Buck v. 7 Forced sterilization would continue, legally, for decades. 0004 Religious Texts and Popular Media  online where people debate both the moral and practical concerns related to those with IDD having their own children. S. alone in allowing sterilization of those judged intellectually unfit to parent.

The character himself is saying that he is so awfully twisted in form and function that even beasts recognize him as stigmatized. 5 Following Shakespeare, a number of playwrights would portray Richard as deformed, a way of physically manifesting the evils that were read and written onto his character. In other words, he was portrayed as physically different and disabled to “show” the audience that he had moral defects; popular media began to use the act of physically disabling a character as a plot device to indicate to the audience that the person was morally suspect.

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