Chronological Archives

  • Recommended Reading for August 24, 2010 Wheelchair Dancer: Body Matters, Edges, and Disability We all experience limitations and restrictions.  Not all of those — like not being able to speak a second language — are disabilities.  The second language example is a true comment, and I would have thought that it was a pretty obviously bad comparison.  But it and other similar ...
  • Pap smears, fat-shaming, and the lithotomy trap So I’m sitting watching the evening news, and on comes a chap telling us women and girls that we oughtta go and get more Pap smears. Then on comes a woman to talk about how Pap screening rates are going down in young women, and to speculate about possible causes for ...
  • Recommended Reading for 23 August 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 ...
  • Things That Make My Life Easier, An Invitation (Part 3 of 3) Cross-posted: three rivers fog, FWD/Forward, Feministe. Part 1 — Part 2 — Part 3 This is a series I always hoped would catch on. Because hey, I can write about stuff that helps me live my life, but that’s only one experience. I would love to see a community full of people writing resource posts for ...
  • Things That Make My Life Easier, A Reintroduction (Part 2 of 3) Part 1 — Part 2 — Part 3 In the realm of disability, there is a lot of terminology like: assistive device, accommodation, care services, mobility aid, various sorts of therapy/treatment (physical/behavioral/occupational/speech/etc.); and so forth, about things/people/services which fill various common needs that people ...
  • Dear Imprudence: How terrible when blind people are seen and heard I read this letter to Dear Abby and Abby’s awesomely ableist response. I wonder how she would have responded to a different letter.
  • Recommended Reading for 20 August, 2010 Gentle reader, be cautioned: comments sections on mainstream media sites tend to not be safe and we here at FWD/Forward don’t necessarily endorse all the opinions in these pieces. Let’s jump right in, shall we? Wheelchair Dancer writes about Body Matters: It’s about how we imagine living in other people’s bodies and the value we ascribe to ...
  • Reproductive Justice is for Everyone, Even People You Don’t Like There’s a sign on the wall of a local clinic which says, according to my paraphrasing memory: You have the right to decide if you want to have children or not, and to determine their number, timing, and spacing. The clinic provides reproductive health services to low income members of the community, and plays an important role ...
  • Recommended Reading for 19 August 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 ...
  • Things That Make My Life Easier, A Reintroduction (Part 1 of 3) A long time ago, I decided to start up a series. I lacked a catchy title, so I went with the mere truth: Things That Make My Life Easier. What I meant by that is, of course, things that make my life with a disability easier. Disability can introduce certain complications to a life — meaning ...