Chronological Archives

  • Recommended Reading for 13 August, 2010 You know, if you’re into the Gregorian calendar (also, Friday 13th! Spooky!). Why hello there, gentle reader! This is my first Recommended Reading. This is very exciting for us all. While this should be a time of celebration, be cautioned: comments sections on mainstream media sites (and it’s all MSM articles in this edition of ...
  • My Experiences with Disability & The Kink Community I actually do believe people genuinely have no idea about accessibility-related accommodations, and I don’t think it’s some conspiracy or willful ignorance. It’s just the way things are. Except, in my experience, in the kink community.
  • Recommended Reading For 12 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 ...
  • On Centring Caregivers in Disability Discourse It’s really off-putting when a group of disabled people are trying to have a conversation and a caregiver butts in with “you’re wrong. I know, because I care for someone with such and such a disability”. This makes me squirm. Even worse are those disability organisations or charities that have only parents and caregivers on ...
  • Recommended Reading for August 11, 2010: Paul Longmore Edition A collection of links today about Dr Paul Longmore’s life, work, and death. I don’t mind telling you all that I’ve spend most of today sitting here feeling horrible and sad about his death. I know I talked earlier about his impact on my scholarship. I’m reading so many remembrances by other ...
  • Paul Longmore – Activist, Historian, Writer, Professor – has died I’m incredibly broken up about this for someone who never met Dr Longmore. I have his work scattered about my desk, and have always recommended his Why I Burned My Book as a powerful and well-written introduction to issues related to disability and disability activism. I’ve quoted him extensively since returning to university, ...
  • …And At This Point, I Don’t See It Stopping Anytime Soon Courtesy of amandaw I bring you this stellar article that once again rubs in my face how brilliantly miserable the VA is scratching the surface of realizing what is wrong with they way they even see women veterans. If you read along carefully you can even see the lightly sugar-coated condescension artfully woven in TIME ...
  • Assistive Tech & Pop Culture: “Miss Smith, without your glasses you’re beautiful!” At the same time, media & pop culture still use glasses as “code” – either for This Is Serious Work, or This Person Is A Nerd/Geek (and a particular type at that) or a scientist/doctor, or a Serious Scholar. This is true whether the person uses glasses all the time, or if they just ...
  • Recommended Reading for August 10, 2010 Wheelchair Dancer at Feministe: On the Cover Regardless of how disability plays out in Aisha’s world, the vast majority of readers of TIME live in a culture that understands disability as tragedy. As shocking. As among the worst things that can happen to you (bar death). Mainstream American culture thinks ...
  • Crude Violations: BP Is Dumping Toxic Waste In Low Income Communities of Colour The Gulf oil spill that has been capturing the news cycle in the United States for the last few months finally appears to be under control, and now we’re faced with a common problem: We have a whole lot of waste from the spill and associated cleanup, and it needs to go somewhere. This includes ...