Today in A&U magazine there’s a new interview of me by Raymond Luczak:
More and more I’m seeing the same military metaphors used in the treatment of MS as those long in use for cancer and AIDS—fighting the disease, aggressive marshalling of forces, immune defense, etc.—but MS is not metaphorized to anything like the extent of HIV/AIDS. I’ve never seen MS characterized as a plague, for example, or invasion, probably because it’s not generally regarded as infectious. The metaphors of AIDS, it seems to me, are largely built on fear and disgust—with a vast moral dimension—whereas those for MS are based on pity. Both are distancing and Othering; both are dangerous.
I enjoyed this one. Thanks to Raymond for asking interesting questions.
One thought on “I am not anyone’s metaphor”
The use of the same metaphors over and over again is a substitute for real communication. If I can’t think of something more original I pass the speaker’s torch on to another.
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