Recommended Reading for March 2nd
Warning: Offsite links are not safe spaces. Articles and comments in the links may contain ableist, sexist, and other -ist language and ideas of varying intensity. Opinions expressed in the articles may not reflect the opinions held by the compiler of the post. I attempt to provide extra warnings for material like extreme violence/rape; however, your triggers/issues may vary, so please read with care.
Modus Dopens: In Utah, miscarriage = criminal offence
What counts as non-”reckless” behaviour? If you don’t eat five portions of fruit and veg a day and do (gynecologist-approved) cardiovascular exercise three times a week, is that “reckless”? What if you have a glass of wine at a party (there being no scientific basis for believing that drinking in moderation poses any risk to a fetus)? What if you take over-the-counter medication for a headache, without a doctor’s prescription? What if you take prescribed medication that carries a pregnancy risk?
Elizabeth Switaj at Gender Across Borders: Are Children an Oppressed Class?
Many people I respect have written about this subject before. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to find most of these posts through Google, though I remember that one appeared here. You see, when I first started seeing these posts, my response was anger. Haven’t women, and disabled women in particular, been fighting not to be treated like children? Doesn’t saying that children are oppressed undo all of that?
But enough people I respect had commented on the subject that I sat on my rage and thought about it for a while. Eventually I came to see was that my reaction to the idea of children as an oppressed class resembled the way some temporarily able-bodied feminists respond to discussions of ableism. Able-bodied women don’t want to be treated like “cripples”, after all. Then I had to admit that of course children are oppressed as a class.
Hoyden About Town: Not your punchline, Amanda Palmer.
If you missed this week’s Good News Week, or couldn’t see it because you’re not in Australia, here are the “disabled feminists” sledges aimed at FWD/Forward from Amanda Palmer, Des Bishop, and Paul McDermott. The ones we’ve been talking about in Otterday.
City staff and advocates of seniors and people with disabilities had proposed tighter rules in response to complaints about the area at the front of the bus reserved for seniors, pregnant women, people with disabilities and passengers with small children. Customers and operators said the strollers blocked other passengers and resulted in injuries. However, parents said folding up their strollers was difficult and impractical.
NPR: For Some Jobs, Asperger’s Syndrome Can Be An Asset [Remind anyone of The Speed of Dark?… ~L]
Thorkil Sonne is the founder of Specialisterne. The company currently has three dozen consultants with autism spectrum disorder doing software testing and data entry.
“[The company] actually sees autism — the autism characteristics — as a potential competitive advantage,” Sonne says.
Maia Szalavitz at Time: Are Doctors Too Reluctant to Prescribe Opioids?
Decisions about a patient’s pain treatment are now made much more collaboratively, but even in modern times, the process is fraught with moral judgment, stemming largely from the nature of available pain treatments and an incomplete understanding of how to use them. Patients who ask for more pain drugs are eyed as potential addicts; doctors who prescribe pain medications too frequently fear being arrested for it.