Chronological Archives

  • Samples There’s a lot of controversy in the United States about the role of pharmaceutical representatives in medical practice. Pharmaceutical representatives hand out freebies ranging from luxury vacations to branded pens, with the expectation that doctors will return the favour and prescribe their brand-name medications. Some hospitals, practices, and medical schools have started cracking down on ...
  • “What can I do?” Access is an all-consuming endeavor in a disabled person’s life. I love that the disability community learned to frame it that way: it emphasizes that the problem is not the person, their body or their condition; the problem is society’s indifference. Many accessibility solutions are structural; they require collective action — constructing spaces such that wheelchairs ...
  • What does it mean to heal? Perhaps this is the wrong question. Instead, I propose: What is there to heal? Healing is the process of a body, having been injured in some way, doing what it takes to restore itself to normalcy. Merriam-Webster says, specifically, “to make sound or whole” and “to restore to original purity or integrity.” Take note of the words ...
  • From the Comments I wanted to take a bit of time to highlight some awesome comments that you may have missed on last week’s posts. I originally intended to go through all the posts last week and pull up interesting comment discussions, but so much interesting comment discussion has gone down that I’m just going to highlight ...
  • Ableist Word Profile: You’re so OCD! 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 ...
  • Television: Bloody Torchwood All I can think of is the complete ignorance of the experiences of families with disabilities, whose children do scream and scream and scream, or do some other harming activity, because of their disability, and their parents love them anyway. I think about how this is another episode of television that’s used a ...
  • Barriers to justice when rapists attack women with disabilities: Australian report *trigger warnings apply to this post: descriptions of abuse and sexual assault against women with disabilities** “This young woman has cerebral palsy, is wheelchair bound, totally dependent on carers for her personal and daily living activities, and non-verbal. Cognitively very aware, she depends ...
  • Recommended Reading for October 19, 2009 Recommended Reading for October 19, 2009
  • “But what do we CAAAALL them?”: The language of shackling I don’t know who David Southwell is when he’s at home, but he’s showing his arse big-time over at his “Sub in the Pub” blog at news.com.au, a large Australia news organisation that is part of News Limited (Rupert Murdoch). Following up on the story about the man ...
  • Calendar Girls: Sexification Strikes Yet Another Serious Health Condition [Author’s note: I’d been meaning to submit this piece somewhere since earlier this year, but never got around to it. I know we’re almost finished with 2009–so focusing on a charity calendar may seem a bit old meme, at least in internet time–but some of the issues that this campaign raises are, as they say, ...