Chronological Archives

  • Umbrella Terms My pet peeve: Labeling “othered” groups as though everyone who falls under that umbrella term has the same needs to achieve full inclusion in society.
  • Focusing on College Students’ Mental Health (For the Benefit of the Neurotypical) I live in Los Angeles and the local papers have been abuzz about the recent stabbing of a UCLA student by another student during science lab. Apparently a professor reported concerns about the alleged attacker’s mental health about 10 months ago. And so, according to the LA Times: The recent arrest of a UCLA student in ...
  • How Do I Say “My Brain Is Not Like Yours”? I’m not neurotypical. Requesting accommodation for this is hard, both because of the nature of my neuroatypicality, and because of the structure of the society in which I live. Under this structure, if I can pass for neurotypical, I will, because it’s easier and more convenient. As soon as I disclose my situation to request accommodation, ...
  • Disability and Sexuality 101, or, Do disabled people have sex? Of course! That is, some of us do, but there’s nothing about disability that means we don’t ever have sex. As with any other group in society, some of us are sexual and some of us are asexual. Some of us are celibate, some of us are in steady sexual relationships, some of us like ...
  • Disability Is …? (Originally posted July 2009 at Feministe, three rivers fog.) We had a really good discussion about nondisability. It got derailed, a bit, because it depended on our ability to reasonably define disability. And it’s a subject that has come up in every discussion we’ve had these couple weeks. What is it? I advocate an intentionally overbroad definition ...
  • Congratulations, Chally! Our dear Chally, of Zero at the Bone, is now also an official contributor at Feministe! Everyone be sure to send her well-wishes!
  • Where Are All the People With Disabilities? Crossposted at this ain’t livin’. I would like you to imagine that you are a film producer, or perhaps a television producer. You are making something, and you have decided that since an estimated 20% of the population consists of people with disabilities, that maybe there should be some people with disabilities in your finished piece. ...
  • A bit of disability humour to brighten your day When you hear ‘disability’ and ‘joke’ in the same sentence, it’s usually not a good sign. But that’s not always the case. I thought we could all do with a bit of a laugh and that some of you might enjoy this video. It’s a routine from the very popular Australian comedian and television presenter Adam ...
  • Chatterday! Open Thread This is our weekly Chatterday! open thread. Use this open thread to talk amongst yourselves: feel free to share a link, have a vent, or spread some joy. About the only content-related rule is to keep this thread for things not covered in other threads over the past few weeks. What have you been ...
  • Depending on narcotics I take six medications. Five of them — the antiepileptic, the antidepressant, the non-narcotic pain killer, the muscle relaxer, and the oral contraceptive — are covered through a mail-order service. I receive a 90-day supply in my mail box every three months. No hassle. If a prescription runs out, my doctor is notified electronically, he ...