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  • Ableist Word Profile: Intelligence Welcome to Ableist Word Profile, a (probably intermittent) series in which staffers will profile various ableist words, talk about how they are used, and talk about how to stop using them. Ableism is not feminism, so it’s important to talk about how to eradicate ableist language from our vocabularies. This post is marked 101, which ...
  • Yes, it DOES make a difference (Cross-posted at three rivers fog.) I wrote this yesterday in an extreme fog and do not have the spoons to rework and polish it. Apologies for the brainspill, but these days it’s the only option I have. *** For background, see Ouyang Dan’s post on the problematic aspects of the TV show House. Don’t tell me that people ...
  • You don’t have to be normal. (Originally posted April 2008 in two parts at three rivers fog.) this is new to me. this idea that i should love my body. not hate it. it’s funny, because i was about to say “this isn’t a post about body image.” but it is, isn’t it? let’s cut to the point. i’m not talking about beauty standards. i’m ...
  • Shifting the Responsibility for Disability in Uniform Moderatix note: This post will be United States Military centric, as that is the perspective I offer, and the broken system within which I currently exist and attempt to navigate.  Other voices are welcome and experiences appreciated within the context of the conversation, since I can not pretend to know every thing about every military ...
  • Recommended Reading for October 22, 2009 Recommended Reading for October 22, 2009
  • CFS/ME and “faulty illness beliefs”: The incredible hubris of the psychiatro-patriarchal complex This post was originally posted on March 19, 2009 at Hoyden About Town. New Scientist this week published an interview with infamous psychiatrist Simon Wessely. Wessely persists in believing, in the face of all the evidence, that Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalitis (CFS/ME)* is a uniquely UK/American psychological condition caused by internet-triggered “faulty illness beliefs”. Here’s ...
  • Disability, Gender, and Poverty I came across a new study by the Center for Economic and Policy Research, a D.C. think tank, examining the relationship between disability and poverty (pdf). I was very interested to read this because, while its not discussed in this study, poverty in the United States affects women at rates much higher than men. “The US ...
  • Barbara Moore: Feminist, Lawyer, Writer & Grad Student of the U of Melb. 1953-2009 This is cross-posted with permission from the original guest author. It was first posted as a Friday Hoyden feature at Hoyden About Town on September 4, 2009.] This obituary has been provided by Marion May Campbell, who supervised Barbara Moore’s thesis, The Art of Being a Tortoise: Life in the Slow Lane. The thesis is being ...
  • The Negative Side of Positive Thinking “I don’t have time for positive thinking. I spend all of that time thinking negatively.” –Kathy Griffin I might as well come right out and say it: I highly dislike the whole positive thinking movement. I would say “I hate it,” but that might get me accused of being bitter, cynical, negative, and many other colorful ...
  • The Pain of House I am a pop-culture junkie.  If you have been playing along at home long enough this is common knowledge.  I have been a big fan of House, M.D. since it’s poorly lit pilot.  I am simultaneously appalled and amused by his crass behavior.  Even the best feminist in me laughs and fairly inappropriate moments. I have ...