Chronological Archives

  • Stop and think: invisible access for invisible disabilities This is my first personal post about being sick. A “coming-out”, to some of my online friends. And a whole lot of elaboration, for those who know I’m sick, but don’t know the details. It’s taken me ages to write, and I haven’t ...
  • Transparency and Feedback It is important to all of the contributors here at FWD that readers and commenters be able to provide feedback on the site . It’s also important to us that you can see the processes we use and know how we respond to that feedback and address it on the site. So even though we’re ...
  • Ableist Word Profile: Cretin Read a Czech translation of this post, prepared by Vera! 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 ...
  • Awareness I happened to be standing in line at Big National Chain Bank the other day when all sorts of things started going awry for the tellers. First, one had her computer crash. Then, the other had what seemed to be some sort of problem with a cashier’s check which involved a lot of furtive muttering ...
  • Where I jump in and defend pills… Moderatrix note: This post is the love child of my coming to terms with a need and actual want of pills. When discussions arise of disability, especially, it seems, of invisible disabilities, someone will almost always jump in and start harping about Big Pharma and how they have certainly invented our illness or disorder just to ...
  • Telegram to TABs, on Spoon Theory Message to TABs (Temporarily ABled folk): Spoon Theory? It’s not yours. It doesn’t describe the sleepy feeling you get at the end of a long day, nor the feeling you get when your kid wakes up for the third time in a night, nor the feeling you get because you went for a bike ride ...
  • Devaluing the Disabled Body Two separate posts about disability issues have had me thinking lately about the way in which our society systematically devalues the disabled body. One, on Feministe, about a casting call for someone to play a disabled character, and another, on Hoyden About Town, about a shameful chapter in the right to die debate. The very ...
  • Lucky for us, there’s money to be thrown One of the many, many things that bothers me about disability & accessibility is how many of the problems can be solved by throwing money at them.
  • How Do We Understand This Experience? This the story of the first time I really understood the degree to which intersectionality was key to understanding and addressing mental health issues. When I was first diagnosed and the subsequent years when we all tried to figure out what was really wrong with me and what medications would allow me to function without too ...
  • Why Inclusionary Language Matters Read a Czech translation of this post, prepared by Vera! I was saddened but unsurprised recently to encounter a discussion on a feminist website in which commenters were bemoaning the appearance of content about race, gender, disability, class, and other social justice issues on feminist sites. “Why can’t feminism,” commenters asked, “just be about women?” Feminism is ...