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  • Email Q&A: What About Womanists? We’re not even a week since the roll-out, but the response so far has been tremendous. Along with the excellent discussion in comments, we’ve gotten some really great questions, like this one (which we’ve paraphrased from the original email): Why is the name of the blog Feminists With Disabilities? Wouldn’t it be more inclusive, especially of ...
  • Portrayals in Pop Culture: Adam In August the wife and I saw Adam, a romance featuring a person with Asperger’s Syndrome and a neurotypical. And it was really rather good, especially measured against other portrayals of autistic persons in popular culture. It is always astonishing how much of myself I see in depictions of people with AS, even ...
  • Recommended Reading for October 13, 2009 Recommended Reading for October 13th.
  • Psychiatrists see reasonable adaptations to CFS, label it “cause” and “maladaptation” There’s a whole industry that involves measuring the survival techniques and truths of people with CFS, then pointing the finger at them for causing their own illness with their Scientifically! Proven! personality “deficits”. Here’s the latest product of that industry. They took 38 ...
  • Guest Post: Why I didn’t celebrate “World Mental Health Day” Everyone, please welcome our first guest poster, Arwyn of Raising My Boychick. Arwyn lives in the United States’ Pacific Northwest with The Man, the Boychick, bipolar type 2, and migraines. When the intersection of her neurology and the kyriarchal society she lives in allows, she writes feminist thoughts inspired by parenting a presumably-straight white probably-male ...
  • Who hates to hear they look great? (Originally posted July 2007 at three rivers fog) Over half of the chronically ill*: In a recent survey of 611 chronically ill individuals, done by the National Invisible Chronic Illness Awareness Week committee, 53.27% of the respondents said that the most frustrating or annoying comment people make about their illness is “But you look so good!” “Although telling ...
  • Mental Health Services and the Welfare System The United States cash aid welfare system underwent a major overhaul in 1995, when Congress and Clinton famously “ended welfare as we know it.” There were a whole lot of important changes made to the system then, but the most significant was the imposition of 5 year lifetime limits on welfare receipt. Under the previous ...
  • Television & Disability: Joan of Arcadia The family dynamics playing out here all feel very realistic to me. It’s obvious that they brought in someone to discuss seriously how one lives and recovers from such an accident, and talked a lot with the creators and writers about how disability plays out within a family. The Girardis are not victims ...
  • Recommended Reading for October 12, 2009 Recommended Reading.
  • On ambient intimacy and assistive devices I was having a discussion about ambient intimacy in a couple of elsewheres, where I tried (and possibly failed) to say that what is so reviled by opinion editors and other meatsnobs can be useful in all sorts of ways. I like the ...