[[A drawing of the Homestuck character Tavros in a sweatervest; he sits in his accustomed wheelchair]]
TW for the source link: Ableist slurs, not the ones you’re expecting.
It’s really problematic, all the stories/art in which Tavros’ disability ‘goes away’- in humanstucks, in post-Sburbs, et cetera. Sometimes it’s explained- in a ‘good ending’ post-Sburb, often the idea is that Tavros’ wish to be ambulatory is granted, for instance, and in one particularly good AU, the reasoning goes that, in a less-violent human society, Tavros’ original injury would have been less severe and his medical care better- but often enough, it’s left entirely mysterious how or why Tavros is walking around unaided. It gets weirder when you consider that Terezi is almost always still blind in AUs and humanstucks, including in works where Tavros can walk. One especially sees not-paraplegic Tavros in works where Tavros is supposed to be sexually appealing, and that doesn’t have all kinds of unpleasant undertones to it.
I wish fanwork creators would do more with Tavros’ disability, instead of so often just ignoring it entirely. I wish I would see fic with Tavros, exposed to human society, coming to embrace disability as an identity and being stronger for it. I wish I would see fic where the gap between Terezi and Tavros is examined in a critical way. I wish all these things because there’s a bit of a gaping hole in canon where Tavros and disability are concerned, and isn’t one of the roles of fanwork to patch the holes in original fiction?
Anyway, I have a lot of thoughts about this, like how disability is kind of important to Tavros as a character and a lot of things make less sense outside of the context of his disability and you kind of just can’t scratch that out, and is Sburb really the kind of game where the boy in a wheelchair magically gets the ability to walk back at the end, and separate from the risk of culling is living without the ability to walk inherently less valuable than living with the ability to walk- but I’m gonna leave those alone for a bit because reasons.
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