Chronological Archives

  • Conversations About Body Image: A Place at the Table for Me? Conversations about body image come up often in feminist communities, and unfortunately, many of those conversations are predicated on the dual ideas that all people should love their bodies and that lovable bodies are healthy ones. This can be seen in the language used by campaigns designed to get people thinking about body image; I ...
  • Recommended Reading for 10 September 2010 Warning: Offsite links are not safe spaces. Articles and comments in the links may contain ableist, sexist, and other -ist language and ideas of varying intensity. Opinions expressed in the articles may not reflect the opinions held by the compiler of the post and links are provided as topics of interest ...
  • Reactions, part 1 I have been dealing with weird, severe, and inexplicable allergic reactions since the age of 14. Most of these reactions have been to food items; my known food allergies include peanuts, various tree nuts, and (wait for it) green bell peppers. Of course, I take ...
  • World Suicide Prevention Day Being suicidal, especially if you have long-term thoughts about suicide and suicide ideation, can be a very isolating and lonely experience. Do you tell your friends and family? If you do, how will they react? What about your job? Will you be forcedly committed into psychiatric care? Will people assume ...
  • Recommended Reading for 09 September 2010 Warning: Offsite links are not safe spaces. Articles and comments in the links may contain ableist, sexist, and other -ist language and ideas of varying intensity. Opinions expressed in the articles may not reflect the opinions held by the compiler of the post and links are provided as topics of interest ...
  • Body Image & Disability: An Entry Into The Conversation People with disabilities, especially women, have all the same pressures currently non-disabled people do to look “good enough”, with added bonus of being either non-sexualised or hyper-sexualised, as well as having people infantize them to an incredible degree.
  • Normalising Accessibility The radio station I’ve been listening to for most of my life has a habit, when announcing community events, of indicating whether they are accessible. This generally refers specifically to wheelchair accessibility, although I have heard announcers address other things, like chemical sensitivity, depending on the announcer and the event. The point is, my whole ...
  • In Case of Emergency, Break Glass: People With Disabilities and Disaster Preparedness Last week, Hurricane Earl appeared to be bearing down on the Eastern Seaboard on the United States, and there were a number of stories about communities preparing for evacuation, or weathering out the storm. Watching the news unfold, I noted a pretty glaring absence in the coverage: Any discussion, at all, of people with disabilities. ...
  • Recommended Reading for Wednesday, September 8, 2010 Today’s Recommended Reading is focusing on Service Animals!
  • Weekly Events Round Up As always, these events are things that I come across in my travels through the internet, and are not endorsed by us, nor can we answer any questions about them. Protests (UK) – US Conferences & Events – UK Events & Conferences Protests: Join us to protest at the Tory Party Conference – Birmingham, England, on 3 October We ...