Chronological Archives

  • Recommended Reading for May 25th, 2010 Dorian at Dorianisms: “Men Who Get It” The danger lies in beginning to assume that you are some kind of Ultimate Authority, and in particular, that you can teach people about their own experiences. That you know better than marginalized people what is happening in their lives, with their marginalization. That you are the Ultimate Arbiter ...
  • AWP: Why writing about Language Isn’t Enough I get why people talk about language, and I agree that language is important. But I’m not giving cookies out for publicly declaring your ally-status by saying you won’t (or will try not to) use ableist language anymore. That’s a great first step. Now move on.
  • What is “healthcare”? A tale of a murderer, a victim, and a tattoo. My local paper has been abuzz with righteous taxpayer outrage over the State paying for a tattoo removal for a woman, who I’ll call JMN. The story of JMN disrupts a number of neat stereotypical societal narratives about domestic violence, about victimhood, about killers, ...
  • Ableist Word Profile: Why I write about ableist language When someone writes something like “Wow, those anti-immigrant people are r#tarded idiots!” , I bring up the ableism, and my activity in the disability rights movement, as ...
  • Recommended reading for Monday, May 24 2010 Description: An Arizona Golden puppy wearing a Halter that reads “Service Dogs Helping Others Improve Their Lives” From flickr user Cobolt 123, used under a Creative Commons License. Teacher duct tapes disabled boy’s arm to wheelchair Anthony Birden, a 12 year old with shaken baby syndrome, who can only communicate with his right hand, had that hand restrained ...
  • Crude Violations: Oil, Human Rights, and Environmental Devastation in Nigeria abby jean posted a link this morning on her Tumblr, putting the Deepwater Horizon catastrophe in perspective. While this oil disaster is attracting a great deal of attention in the United States right now thanks to BP’s foot-dragging and prevarications, there isn’t much coverage in the United States on the situation in Nigeria, and there ...
  • For Cereal, Internet?: I Has A Hotdog edition I love looking at pictures of cute animals on the internet. Cats, dogs, monkeys, dolphins, turtles, otters – whatever. And I find that skimming through a few LOLcat macros during the workday can do wonders to perk up my mood or give me a smile before diving back into work. Which is part of why ...
  • Internet Use and Happiness Remember that study about Internet use and depression that we discussed recently? Well, as it turns out, there’s another study out (yay science!) that says basically the exact opposite:¬†information technology, including access to the Internet, has been linked with happiness. Does this mean that science is hopelessly contradictory and we should just ignore the results of ...
  • 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 ...
  • Recommended Reading for Friday, 21 May: Flying While Crip Edition 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 ...