Chronological Archives

  • Recommended Reading for December 11 Note that a number of blog links, media reports, and the comments therein may contain questionable language and/or clear descriptions of abuse. A comment on Meloukhia’s post on Glee’s “Hairography” episode: Coming from a hard-of-hearing family, I was excited to see the deaf choir perform! I thought about going to find my little sister, who is profoundly ...
  • Book Review: Bright-Sided: How Positive Thinking Has Undermined America by Barbara Ehrenreich A word of caution: This review is going to be quite short, as I have been struggling with “getting words out” for the past few days. Regardless, I think this is an important book, and might be of interest to my fellow FWD-ers (bloggers and commenters!). I touched upon the whole positive thinking movement (and why ...
  • Quote: “Who are ‘the Disabled’?” The disabled, therefore, are not a tangible and unproblematic collection of people but, rather, a population that is assumed to exist, a category into which able-bodied people can slot others who pose a threat to their own normal view of the world and to those who inhabit it, and into which those who identify themselves ...
  • Needs Are Not Special “Special needs” is one of those phrases that just kind of irks me. I see it most commonly used in reference to children or developmentally disabled adults; the implication in both cases is that the “special needs” individual can’t function without someone else’s help. That this person is totally dependent. And it carries, to my ears, ...
  • Recommended Reading for December 10 Note that a number of blog links, media reports, and the comments therein may contain questionable language and/or clear description of abuse. Upstart Magazine: Social media – a barrier or tool for inclusion? Alex Varley, CEO of Media Access Australia, a not-for-profit devoted to promoting access to media for people with disabilities, says: ‘Social media are the ...
  • Invisible Identities, Part 2: The Default Human So, I’ve talked about how the notion of the invisible identity is problematic, particularly through the framework of my personal experiences of being “invisibly” disabled and non-white. Now to the flipside of invisibility. Certain characteristics exist in the societal consciousness as default traits. That is, a person is a man unless they’re pointed out as a ...
  • QuickPress: 9th Feminist Blog Carnival is up! 9th feminist blog carnival! Goodie! More ways to procrastinate getting my essay done!
  • The Brain Is Still A Giant Mystery Optical illusions are one of those things that seem fun and frivolous but actually illustrate deep insights into how brains function. I recently saw an illustration of the “hollow mask illusion” over at the Wired Magazine Blog and it made my jaw drop. In the illusion, a person viewing a concave face (like the back ...
  • Recommended Reading for December 9 Recommended Reading for Wednesday, December 9, 2009
  • Anna History Rants: Harlan Lane But still. Lane didn’t write the first book about deafness from the POV of actual deaf people (Lane is Hearing – he cites Jack R Gannon’s book as the first history written by someone who was Deaf), but he wrote the one that launched a thousand ships, so to speak. He challenged, quite ...