It is a privilege to see yourself and your identity depicted in mainstream media. I know this, because I never have. I have a facial difference as a result of Crouzon syndrome — a condition that caused my skull to fuse prematurely and that makes me look noticeably different from many others. And if people like me are represented at all, it’s not in a way that is a cause for celebration.
This negative portrayal of people with visible physical differences stems back to Aristotle and ancient Greece, and has roots in physiognomy — a pseudoscience claiming a person’s physical appearance represents their moral character.
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