Reading audiobooks is still reading.

If you say you read an audiobook you don't have to "correct" yourself. I'd argue that you /shouldn't/, that you'd get less correct.

There's no need to say "well no I didn't read it" if it was an audiobook. There's no need to put "reading" in scare quotes.

It's reading just as much as reading print is.

I know there are worse problems, but it sucks having my favored reading format denigrated by sighted people, even to the point of them denying it's "real."

@bright_helpings it's really ableist when you think about it that primarily sighted reading is considered "real" reading. I wonder if it's the "letters on a page" aspect, if the same people consider braille more real?


@zens @ljwrites @bright_helpings It is not just ableist and classist but has colonalist roots, too. Every culture in the world has oral literature, but only a few have writing. By posing writing as superior and more intelligent, the colonisers set themselves as such.

For more on this check out Foley, "How To Read An Oral Poem"; it's a fascinating, pleasurable little book with many loving case studies of how oral literature works.

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