Chronological Archives

  • Dr. Drew – Stop Policing Other People! Dr. Drew enrages me. The way his whole empire is built on callous exploitation of the pain, suffering, and need of others makes me very suspicious of his motives and goals in treating people. But even more than that, his eagerness to observe people through tabloid reporting and unsubstantiated rumors and then make unfounded assumptions ...
  • Chatterday! Open Thread. This is our weekly Chatterday! open thread. 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 your teeth itch? What’s going on in ...
  • An OYD Airline Rant I won’t apologize for her actions and I’m not sorry for what happened to you. It’s not in our contract to assist passengers with their luggage and we reserve the right to refuse assistance to anyone. If that’s what you need, then perhaps in the future, you should make other travel ...
  • Recommended Reading for April 15, 2010 Hi! As you may have noticed, we’re rotating Recommended Reading between a few contributors now. This is my first one, and it may have a little bit of a different style? I don’t know. Anyway, here it is! History Lessons – Scar My daughter will inherit my scar.  Obviously I know that you can’t inherit a ...
  • Question Time: Community Question Time is a series in which we open up the floor to you, commenters. We invite you to share as you feel comfortable. How important is being in community with other disabled people to you? Where do you find community with other disabled people? How do these communities fit in with other ones in your ...
  • On refusing to tell you my name Women like me – and so many other women and men with “hidden” disabilities, women and men who are trans* or bi or lesbian or gay, people who are non-gender binary, people who write about their struggles with racism or sexism or homophobia or bullying at work, people who are otherwise marginalized – risk losing ...
  • Figuratively I’m thinking on metaphors of the body. Here are some examples of what I mean: On the one hand Foot in my mouth Lend a hand Get back on my feet Stand up to her Run with the idea Wrapped around hir little finger Get your foot in the door Dip in a toe Dangle his feet Under your thumb I think these metaphors are interesting evidence ...
  • Idaho Revises State Laws to Remove Ableist Language Exciting news! On March 29th, Governor C.L. Otter signed a law removing ableist language from Idaho’s state code. From the Idaho Statesman: The new law replaces outdated language in 73 different laws – including those addressing health and welfare, education and corrections – with more accepted phrases such as “intellectually disabled.” Disability rights advocates ...
  • Disability Representation in Music (Video), You’re Doing It Right: Janelle Monae’s “Tightrope” This recent music video from singer-songwriter Janelle Monae is a great example of how not to completely screw up representation(s) of disability. Lyrics are located here. And a description, courtesy of FWD’s own S.E.: A black title card reads: ‘The Palace of the Dogs Asylum: Dancing has long been forbidden for its subversive effects on the residents ...
  • Recommended Reading for April 13, 2010 Renee Martin: I’m not a Feminist (and there is no but) Blogs run by traditionally marginalised women do not attract the same attention by the media. When feminists are pulled from the internet for interviews, it is routinely the same white feminist voices representing the broad perspectives that are visible on the internet. Flora: Guest Post – ...