Chronological Archives

  • Investigating Disability Hate Crimes in the United Kingdom The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) recently announced that it is conducting an inquiry into disability hate crimes, on the basis of research demonstrating that people with disabilities are much more likely to experience hate crimes than nondisabled people. There have been several high profile cases of bullying and abuse leading to deaths in ...
  • Call for Papers: Disability And Media Currents in the Mainstream – Where are we going? 22nd September, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS Confirmed speakers include Dr Paul Darke[1. Dr Paul A. Darke is an internationally respected academic, writer and cultural critic who has written and created extensively around the issue of identity and culture. He is also the originator of Normality ...
  • Recommended Reading, July 5 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 and exploration only. I ...
  • Dear Imprudence: So Close, Yet So Far I took a gander through the Miss Conduct archives, as I do now and then, and encountered this letter from early June: I have a friend who has made comments to me such as ‘You look so thin. Are you sick?’ and ‘You look so thin. Is something wrong?’ I see this person on a regular ...
  • Today In Journalism: Do You Feel Special? Well? Do You?! Content warning: This post includes a discussion of an article that frames disability in extremely patronising, offensive, and infantalising objectifying (note) terms. There will be selections from said article quoted for the ¬†purpose of criticism and discussion. I’ve been noticing an uptick in really, really bad articles about disability lately. I was puzzling last night ...
  • Depictions of Disability That Make Us Happy We took The Kid to the base theatre on Wednesday night to see Dreamwork’s How to Train Your Dragon, which is loosely adapted from a YA Book series of the same name. It is a story of a teen boy, Hiccup, who lives in the Viking village of Berk, which ...
  • Recommended Reading, July 2 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 and exploration only. I ...
  • Yes, I have a limp, and no, it’s not really any of your business I have dealt with disability, in various capacities, for my entire life — this started when I was born three months prematurely and was affected by cerebral palsy (left hemiplegia, if anyone really wants to know) as a result. I know what you might be thinking: You cannot possibly have CP, Annaham! CP is always severe.¬† ...
  • Florida Court Ruling: Community-based Services, Not Institutionalisation In 2007, Florida resident Michele Haddad was involved in a motorcycle accident with a drunk driver. She incurred a spinal cord injury that led to quadriplegia, and lived at home until she lost her caregiver and Medicaid informed her that she would only qualify for the services she needed if she spent 60 days in ...
  • When She Was Bad Moderatrix Note: This is a post from my “Summer of Buffy” series (or “Season of Buffy” for my Southern Hemisphere friends, who want to be MONSTERS and have different seasons and ruin my pun, but you are my favourite people EVAH and I love you!), which I thought was appropriate for cross posting, due to ...