Chronological Archives

  • Recommended Reading for May 5, 2010 Description: A tree with signs showing wheelchairs with arrows pointing left and forward. Chally is interviewed by BitchMagazine! There is audio, and a transcript! My full-length interview with Chally, who talks about her love of sci-fi, why it’s problematic to have feminist “icons,” her experience as a teen in social justice movement, and of course, the ...
  • Psychiatric Hospitals and Music Videos: Part 1 After reading Anna’s recent post on Janelle Monae’s ‘Tightrope’ video and how it “is a great example of how not to completely screw up representation(s) of disability,” I started remembering other music videos set in psychiatric hospitals. And then I started watching all these music videos! One of the earliest I remember is Melissa Etheridge’s ...
  • The One Damned Sock… May 1st was Blogging Against Disablism Day, and I have in my drafts at all three blogs to which I contribute regularly a post started where I had intended to write something for the day. I had my work writing caught up, so it was all I had left, really. Then ...
  • Recommended reading for May 4, 2010 RMJ: Disability and birth control, part 1 Widespread (rather than individual) centralization of birth control in feminism alienates and marginalizes their already problematized bodies: trans women, intersex women, older women, women with disabilities that affect their reproductive system, asexual women, women who want to get pregnant. Not to mention the loaded history of otherwise non-privileged bodies ...
  • BADD: Why I Write (This was originally posted as a BADD contribution at my tumblr.) I spend a lot of time blogging about and against ableism, about being a person with a mental illness, about the way policies and cultural attitudes and assumptions act to disadvantage people with disabilities. But for some reason, I was having ...
  • Recommended Reading for May 3, 2010 “My Deaf Family” (And My Hearing Life) Once I started kindergarten, I stopped signing, like I had been in the hearing impaired program and I started living completely in the hearing world. The choice was mine. It was instinctual. With all due respect to the Deaf community, my six year-old self knew I had to learn ...
  • Guest Post by Laura Overstreet: Book Review – Dancing at the River’s Edge: A Patient and her Doctor Negotiate Life with Chronic Illness Alida Brill first landed on the “other planet” of chronic illness at age 12. In those years of the early 1960s, when her symptoms were not easily diagnosed and second-wave feminism was barely on the proverbial map, Alida became a feminist. Doctors ignored her and her mother because Brill’s symptoms were inconsistent and ...
  • Go educate yourself (please!) One ...
  • BADD: A Screenshot’s Worth A Thousand Words More for Blogging Against Disablism Day. I just poked around the entry for “Ableism” on Wikipedia. On the Talk page, I found a box placing the Ableism article within WikiProject Sociology: “This article has been rated as Low-importance on the project’s importance scale.” Ableism of low importance within Sociology? Erm, ooookay. Let’s have a closer look ...
  • I can’t count on anybody to understand. (Blogging Against Disablism Day 2010) (Cross-posted at three rivers fog. See more BADD 2010 at Goldfish’s blog.) I’m pretty open about my health issues. To be honest, I don’t know any other way to be. I know how to strategically hide my disabilities from strangers in passing interactions, but from the people with whom I interact on a daily basis? Given ...