Chronological Archives

  • Feminism Objectifies Women You’ve heard the term “choice feminism” right? Usually used derisively by a person who is arguing: Just because a woman makes a choice does not make it a feminist choice, we have to be able to examine issues on a systemic rather than individual level, some choices that individual feels are good for them are ...
  • Quickquote: Clare Hemmings on emotion and feminist stories I’m reading Helen Merrick’s The Secret Feminist Cabal: A Cultural History of Science Fiction Feminisms. This pullquote in it, from Clare Hemmings, struck me as being very relevant to the work we do on FWD/Forward and on our other blogs: Feminist emotion … is central to the feminist stories we tell, and the way that we ...
  • A Conversation With a Pharmacist [Scene opens with a loooooooong wait in the pharmacy before my number finally “pings” on the digital number-pinging thingy, as I struggle out of my chair, and hobble up to the pharmacist’s window, and hook my cane on the window ledge for emphasis as I hand over my ID and number slip, wincing in the ...
  • 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 ...
  • QuickPress: Event at McMaster University in Canada “Supporting access to post-secondary education and employment for students with disabilities” All Abilities Awareness Week will take place at McMaster University, The Pulse centre, from March 1st to March 5th. The week has been designed to promote active living for people with disabilities, increase awareness in the general campus population of disability issues and provide information regarding ...
  • I Can’t Handle Celebrity Suicides There’s been a couple of recent high-profile celebrity suicides.  Earlier this month, celebrated fashion designed Alexander McQueen hanged himself in his London home at the age of 40. Then this week, actor Andrew Koenig was found dead from suicide in Vancouver after being missing for several days.  These are just the most recent – there’s ...
  • Erasing History Yes, of course Darnton. You describe a life of abject misery and back-breaking labour, so obviously people faked being disabled all the time.
  • Recommended Reading for February 26th 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. I attempt to provide extra warnings for material like extreme violence/rape; however, ...
  • QuickPress: Asian Women’s Carnival! Went up on the 15th. asian women blog carnival #5: who i am when i’m (not) with you One of the big things for me in presenting as an Asian woman is that when I think of my identity, and of my performativity, I don’t think ‘Asian,’ I think ‘Chinese’ and I think ‘Malaysian’ and I think ...
  • I’m not here for your inspiration I think I upset one of the newer employees at my favourite tea shop today. Most of the staff are used to my cynical reactions to newspaper discussions of how inspiiiiiiiiiiring people with disabilities are at this point. But let me begin at the beginning. Actually, no, let me begin with something ...