Consuming means buying goods or buying services.
Buying goods means buying things like food and clothing.
Buying services means buying things like a hair cut or getting someone to fix something in your home.
Some people are seen as better citizens because they are able to do paid work.
They are seen as productive because their work earns money.
People who are seen as productive have more rights and access to justice and fairness.
Labelled people are often not seen as productive.
Labelled people are seen as unproductive because they aren’t hired for jobs.
Labelled people are seen as unproductive because they aren’t paid as much as non-disabled people.
Labelled people also don’t have much money because disability benefits are low and hard to get.
This means that labelled people often do not have the money or resources to be consumers and buy things.
Not having money means labelled people can’t always afford to go out on a date or buy diapers or supplies for a baby.
So not having access to money or resources can be used to prove that labelled people cannot have an intimate life.
For example, labelled people are often not seen as good parents because they do not have access to money and resources to buy things.