Chronological Archives

  • Ableist Word Profile: I Feel Your Pain! 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 ...
  • Quotations Being discriminated against or exploited because one is female may be painful and dehumanizing, but it may not necessarily be as painful, dehumanizing, or threatening as being without food or shelter, as starvation, as being deathly ill but unable to obtain medical care. – bell hooks, Feminist Theory From Margin to Center
  • Recommended Reading for October 30 Recommended Reading for October 30, 2009
  • How to Be a Good Doctor Update: It was pointed out, correctly, that part of this post contained a statement that made a generalization based on age. That statement has been removed and the post updated with this message. It’s not feminist, and it doesn’t belong here. I’m sorry. I actually had a really good experience with a physician ...
  • “Please, Keep Us Updated On Your Health” How about not? Truly, this is probably one of the most annoying things which people say to me. Well, ok, I exaggerate, but people have been saying it a lot lately so it’s on my mind. I’m a rather private person. I don’t think I’m that much more private than most, but as a general rule, I ...
  • Recommended Reading for October 29 Recommended Reading for October 29, 2009
  • Finding Myself in Unexpected Places On the way home from work the other day, the classical music station in Dallas, WRR 101.1*, played a really good performance of Beethoven’s Bagatelle for Piano in A minor, WoO 59 “Für Elise”. It’s pretty, of course, which is all it needs to be. But every performance (and every work of art ...
  • Law & Order: “Dignity”, Worth, and the Medical Model of Disability As a feminist, I am pro-choice. Abortion should be safe, legal, and accessible. As a feminist, I look at more than whether single, individual women have access to abortion. There is a much broader reproductive justice framework that must be scrutinised, critiqued and repaired so that all women have access to informed, supported reproductive choices. Women who ...
  • New Blog: You Make Me Feel Less Alone Samantha Schultz is the author of I Don’t Want to be Crazy, a free verse recounting of her struggles with her anxiety disorder. I haven’t personally read the book, but several of my friends speak highly of it and the Amazon reader reviews seem quite positive. (Although I would skip the School Library Report review, ...
  • Ableist Word Profile: Mongoloid 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 ...