Chronological Archives

  • Advocacy in Flawed Systems: Using Shackling Language to Help a PWD? In my professional life, I’m an advocate at a non-profit agency that provides free legal services to low-income folks. I work primarily in the area of public benefits, which means I’ve done a lot of work with the program from the Social Security Administration (SSA) to assist low-income folks with permanent disabilities: Supplemental Security Income ...
  • Some Partially Formed Thoughts On Size and Disability A conversation in the FWD comments and with other FWD contributors got me thinking. And the best way for me to think, sometimes, is to write about what I am thinking, hence, this post, which is being crossposted on this ain’t livin’. And it’s also been crossposted (with permission) at Fat Lot of Good. A commenter ...
  • Recommended Reading for November 4 Recommended Reading for November 4, 2009
  • Getting It Wrong: Rate Your Students and Ableism As some of you may know, I am a graduate student getting my Master’s Degree in Women and Gender Studies. I currently have vague career aspirations of getting my PhD or at least remaining in academia in some capacity; my academic interests primarily have to do with feminist ...
  • The International Symbol of Acceptance Full disclosure: There is a discount offer at the end of this post (for 3ELove’s merchandise featuring their symbol). However, I have been meaning to write about this design for some time; it has such deep significance for me, and I hope it will gain prominence as more people are introduced to it. And for more ...
  • Dear Imprudence: How Not To Give Advice Welcome to our newest intermittent series, “Dear Imprudence,” in which FWD/Forward contributors (and guest bloggers) deconstruct advice columns which offer monumentally bad advice about disability issues. Do you have an advice column you’d like us to deconstruct? Shoot us a link in the comments or via admin at disabledfeminists dot com. Our inaugural entry in ...
  • Recommended Reading for November 3 Recommended Reading for November 3, 2009
  • Reclamation: thoughts from a fat hairy uppity lame bitch This article was originally posted at Hoyden About Town on June 23, 2007, but has been substantially edited and updated for FWD/Forward. This post started with me suggesting a FAQ on reclamation for the “Finally, a Feminism 101 Blog” blog: “But there’s a whole feminist magazine called Bitch and a book called The Ethical Slut, ...
  • Policing Disability There are some things which people need to be aware of, both about policing identity, and about our community specifically. Policing Identity: Policing identity is not acceptable. People who self-identify as disabled may come to this from a variety of backgrounds and perspectives, and it is not appropriate for an outsider to determine when someone is or ...
  • Quiz: Representations of Disabled Bodies in Logos Most disability logos just consist of the usual stick-figure-in-the-wheelchair logo, or a derivation thereof. After spotting this logo for No Barriers No Borders, I went looking for others. And I got to thinking about the representations of disabled bodies in logos. I set aside those images dealing with sport, and those not including any representation of a ...