Chronological Archives

  • Recommended Reading for Thursday May 20 2010 “….” by mataikan, seen at binary canvas. Ghana News Agency – Mental Health System on the verge of collapse Dr Akwasi Osei, Chief Psychiatrist of the Ghana Health Service, on Monday said the mental health system would soon collapse if the Mental Health Bill was not passed to correct the abuses and injustices in ...
  • Why I Am Not a Libertarian Here in the U.S., there’s been a lot of buzz about Rand Paul, son of Ron Paul, winning the primary for Republican senator in Kentucky. Paul is a darling of the Tea Party and largely espouses libertarian values of decreased taxes and decreased government regulation and intervention. There are some things about libertarianism that I like ...
  • Jenny McCarthy & Autism Part III: Spokesperson The way I see it, one of two things is true: 1. Jenny McCarthy cured her son of Autism. 2. Evan never had autism in the first place, but may have had another syndrome, or have been developmentally delayed and “caught up”. In either case, Jenny McCarthy is not currently the mother of an autistic child.
  • In Which Rape Makes Me Angry Content warning: This post discusses rape and sexual assault of women with disabilities. One of the persistent problems with rape and sexual assault cases is that they tend to be very poorly reported in the media. They aren’t reported at all, for the most part, if they involve nonwhite women, sex workers, disabled women, trans women, ...
  • Recommended Reading for May 18, 2010 Pharaoh Katt at Something More Than Sides: I Dreamed That I Was Normal I dreamed the world made sense, That people never tried To delve into my psyche and redefine my mind. Gauntlet at Tumblr: Janet Street-Porter shares her thoughts on depression… I think maybe what we are seeing here, is women who have a powerful voice in the media ...
  • Guest Post from RMJ: Ableist Word Profile: Crazy Like every ism, ableism is absorbed through the culture on a more subconscious level, embedding itself in our language like a guerrilla force. Crazy is one of the most versatile and frequently used slurs, a word used sometimes directly against persons with mental disabilities (PWMD), sometimes indirectly against persons with able privilege, sometimes descriptive and value-neutral, ...
  • Abuse of Intellectually Disabled Workers at Iowa Meatpacking Plant Note: There are a number of links to news stories in this post. All of them have problematic language. A horrifying story out of Iowa has been getting some press attention over the last few days, if you know where to look[1. Which is to say, ‘if you have the time to search for news stories ...
  • Recommended Reading for May 17, 2010 Description: a large number of crutches of multiple sizes leaning against a wall. “Disabling Art”, by tomswift46, creative commons license. Childhood, Disability, and Public Space But adults with severe cognitive disabilities, like children and the elderly, often behave in ways that challenge non-disabled adults’ beliefs about how people should behave, particularly their beliefs about how people should behave ...
  • Not-Quite-Recommended Reading for Saturday, May 15 I’ve got a collection of Canadian news stories that are disability-related, and I don’t want to hold on to them for later. Calling out bus stops now a human right Regional council hopes this will fend off a potential prosecution by the Ontario Human Rights Commission. The commission says announcing stops is an immediate need and it’s ...
  • Chatterday! Open Thread. This open thread is brought to you by this sushi cake, via Epicute. see more Use this open thread to talk amongst yourselves: feel free to share a link, have a vent, or spread some joy. What have you been reading or watching lately (remembering spoiler warnings)? What are you proud of this week? What’s made ...