Recommended Reading for February 15th

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Rick Hansen with the olympic torch

Rick Hansen carries the Olympic torch. [image source]

Assiya at For a Fairer Today: Olympic ceremonies win

Every day, I am reminded that people with disabilities are considered lesser by society. Which is why, when Rick Hansen rolled in tonight bringing the torch, I smiled so wide my face hurt.

Haddayr: Plucky Cripples Don’t Let Lack of Bingo Card Stop Them [I recommend reading the tongue-in-cheek comments on this one!]:

I asked for help and you delivered! Here’s the final disability bingo card for reporters! Folks seemed like they wanted one for Stuff People Say To You, so I might tackle that one next.

ballastexistenz: Aspificating snobbery over the DSM all over again

And some of us might rightly find it insulting to be referred to as the ones that others had to be oh-so-tragically “lumped in with” (you know, “crazy”, “low functioning”, “retarded”, “autistic”, or other categories that people seem to do their darndest to distance themselves from). Like we have disability cooties or something from the way some people behave, and like having the medical people put us in the same category as our “betters” is such a terrible threat (and like it changes anything about who any of us really are). […]

Anyway as much as this is a rant against snobbery it is also a call to remember what is important. Look to that beautiful shifting central set of attributes that make us alike and different. Stop using the periphery to divide us.

Feminists with Female Sexual Dysfunction: FSD news from the NVA and the DSM

Then, via Helen @ Questioning Transphobia, we also now have access to a draft of the DSM-V (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.) The final version of the DSM-V is currently slated for release sometime in 2013. So be sure to check out that draft, too!

Why is this important? There’s a couple of different reasons; for one thing gender identity disorders and sexual dysfunctions are listed in the DSM, (yes even sexual dysfunctions caused by medical/health issues,) which is a powerful force behind having disorders recognized, researched, diagnosed, and treated. The manual is not without a fair share of controversy, however, particularly from a feminist perspective.

There are also some new sexual health diagnoses up for consideration, including hypersexual disorder (but not Restless Genital Syndrome? Is that up for consideration, and if not, why?) sexual coerison disorder, sexual disinterest disorder in women and men (related to hypoactive sexual desire disorder,) and, notably, Genito-Pelvic Pain/Penetration Disorder. This would include vaginismus & dyspareunia not due to a medical condition. (Pain due to a medical condition would still be under code 625.x – vulvodynia falls under this category.)

Astrid at Astrid’s Journal: Temper Dysregulation Disorder with Dysphoria: The Missing Link or a Can of Worms?

There is a new childhood mental disorder being proposed for DSM-V: temper dysregulation disorder with dysphoria (TDD). When I first read its criteria, my thoughts were: “Finally, it’s about time people are acknowledging not all children’s irritability is bad behavior.” Quite honestly, if this disorder had been around in DSM-IV in 1994, I would’ve been a surefire candidate for a diagnosis, except for the fact that autism should be ruled out first – but then again, I’m not sure autism would’ve been the first thing a shrink thought of when seeing me if TDD had been on the books.

The Pursuit of Harpyness: Ms. M on Living With Chronic Illness, a Guest Post

Those of us who live with invisible illnesses live in two worlds – the one where we “pass” if we are having a good day, and the world we retreat into when our symptoms flare. We may drop out of sight for a day or two or three, but people are so busy they may not notice we’ve been gone.

Other People’s Worlds: Temple Grandin talks the HBO movie

This is a transcript of Temple Grandin’s first interview with the Autism Women’s Network after the premiere of HBO Films’s biopic Temple Grandin. She also talks about augmentative communication and education. […]

Temple Grandin: Mick Jackson picked out Claire Danes. The reason why he picked her out was he’d seen her do a reenactment of the Andrew Wyeth painting “Christina’s World,” which is a painting of a lady that’s crippled. Claire Danes dragged herself across the street in New York like she was Christina, and then Mick decided that she’d be the one. Then, of course, Claire Danes, she became me. She didn’t just act me and learn the lines—she became me.