Cable’s disabled childhood

As an X-Men character and member of the Summers family Cable has an extensive and convoluted story so I’m only going to cover a small glimpse of his childhood to look at his disability and disability narrative.

Mutants are considered a marginalized race in the Marvel universe and mutation is used as a metaphor for disability; Cable is one of the many mutant characters who are also shown to have real-world disabilities. As a baby he was infected with a “techno-organic virus” by Apocalypse resulting in his iconic appearance. The techno-organic virus is functionally a terminal disease in which cells cannot duplicate or regenerate and even within the superhero world Cable was born into there is no cure. His father, Cyclops, allows him to be taken to the future where there is available treatment in exchange for never seeing his son again.

Cyclops questions whether or not this is the right decision, specifically wondering if Cable would be better off dead. He questions Cable’s quality of life.


As Cable grows into a teenager he struggles with non-passing privilege and the need to hide his disfigurement and assistive equipment to assimilate and remain safe.


Aside from suffering culturally and socially Cable deals with tangible disability and chronic pain. He has to manage these things in order to live and his motivation to do so tends to be based on his obligation to others.


The character Cable deals with disability so directly that his mutation never quite becomes a metaphor. Like all disabled children, his family struggles with what to sacrifice for his medical care, ceding control of his care to those who can offer assistance, making long-term decisions in his stead, and whether or not having a life unlike those they are familiar with means he should have one at all.

As an adolescent, Cable has to live with the decisions his family made for him and struggles with being raised by various people whose only concern is what he is able to do. He is visibly different which puts him in danger in a way that is unfamiliar to most people and hiding his differences takes a physical and emotional toll. Cable has no role models that look like him and has experienced what he has, he has to develop based on a template of humanity that is fundamentally different from his natural state.

How to murder a disabled kid and get away with it

There seems to be confusion over what are laws or not concerning disability. I’ll first begin my explanation with an example Americans are likely familiar with, racial segregation.

In the 1869 case of Plessy v. Ferguson the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of racial segregation as long as it was “separate but equal.” This set a legal precedent that wasn’t overturned until the Jim Crow era case Brown versus Board of Education in 1954. Matters of segregation continued to be based on legal precedent until the Civil Rights Act was created in 1964.

What is legal precedent? In short, this means legal cases are ruled according to rulings of previous cases addressing similar matters. This is used when laws are not in place or when the ruling judge considers a particular case to be outside of the norm.

Disability was not included in the 1964 Civil Rights Act; it was not until 1990 when the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) was created that disabled people obtained their civil rights. Despite now having the ADA many cases on matters of disability are based on legal precedent and those that aren’t must first be approved by government agencies.

ADA Title I: Employment cases must be approved by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)

ADA Title II: State and Local Government Activities cases must be approved by the United States Department of Justice

ADA Title III: Public Accommodations cases must be approved by the United States Department of Justice

ADA Title IV: Telecommunications cases must be approved by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

A case must be filed within 180 days of the perceived offense and if approved by the corresponding the agency, the agency itself can either arrange mediations between the two opposing parties to solve the issue out of court or they can file a lawsuit themselves.

It goes without saying (and yet I still have to say it) that the government doesn’t often approve lawsuits against itself, even if the lawsuit is directed at different departments.

This is the reason reason that forced sterilization was legal until 2010, California being the last date to de-legalize the procedure.

This is also why it is considered legal for parents and caretakers to murder disabled children if they are considered an undue burden.

The queer issues of intersections between gender and disability

The other day netizens got really angry when I said that despite how I see my gender I don’t consider myself trans. I’ve always admitted that I’m probably wrong since I’m not cis and any alternative ironically falls of under the trans-umbrella *cough**cough*

As a kid, though, I knew exactly what my gender was. It was the same as my sexuality: disabled.

Despite reproductive organs there are very distinct methods used to condition NTAB children versus disabled children. There is, of course, a third option of conditioning disabled children as NTAB or NTAB as disabled. Think one of those Lifetime movies about Munchausen by proxy.

My disability specifically dictated what I was expected to feel toward others and how they should feel toward me. It predicted my sexual history at the moment of birth.

I could give you endless examples but honestly, if you can’t make an educated guess then you need to go back to disability 101 before you have the ability to come to this conversation.

As a kid I also came out to people all the time but my identity wasn’t seen as a valid™. Adults would make comments about how I was a tomboy but I would correct them saying I was disabled. These condescending motherfuckers usually laughed at first and then became extremely sad.

“You shouldn’t call yourself disabled.”

Full stop.

I started to refer to myself as “nothing” which simply got laughed at so I continued using it. People don’t think it’s so funny now that they’re woke. Coincidentally they tend to be prideful™ queers who think parades and events shouldn’t have the undue pressure to fit the money to become accessible.

They also tend to be the NTABs that say transables are not valid™ because of transphobia and the offense toward the disabled community. They can’t explain the offense toward the disabled community but if you then go ask a disabled person they’ll explained that it’s an issue of government aid and who qualifies for it. Same issue as every other trans group.

But no, Heather, go ahead and use the handicap stall. I may be cripple but you’ve been waiting longer.

You take the lead on what should be ableism or not, you’ve been valid longer.