Chronological Archives

  • Question Time: Odd Questions Question Time is a series in which we open up the floor to you, commenters. We invite you to share as you feel comfortable. What are some really odd questions you’ve been asked about being disabled?
  • Newsflash: Poverty is Bad for Your Health A recent study from Columbia University found that of all the health factors they measured, poverty had the greatest negative impact on health. The other factors they looked at included smoking, obesity, lack of health insurance, and binge drinking, all of which had a less significant impact on health outcomes than living in poverty. Poverty, ...
  • Recommended Reading for February 9th Warning: Offsite links are not safe spaces. Articles and comments in the links may contain ableist, sexist, and other -ist language 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, your triggers/issues ...
  • Recommended Reading for February 8th Warning: Offsite links are not safe spaces. Articles and comments in the links may contain ableist, sexist, and other -ist language 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, your triggers/issues ...
  • What is the Real Goal of Fraud Investigations? California is in the midst of a major budget crisis. The past year has seen immense and drastic cuts to social service budgets throughout the state, including elimination of all state funding ($16 million) to domestic violence shelters (which was later partially restored by legislative action) and near-total decimation of funds for AIDS testing and ...
  • 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 ...
  • Who Shall Remain Nameless: The Othering of PWD Julie Petty. Ricardo Thornton. These are the names of the self-advocates who joined Special Olympics CEO Shriver and others in asking Rahm Emanuel to apologise for his use of the R Word, and to join the R-Word campaign (the original R-Word campaign is here). But you’ll be hard pressed to find that info in most of the papers. ...
  • Recommended Reading for February 5th Warning: Offsite links are not safe spaces. Articles and comments in the links may contain ableist, sexist, and other -ist language 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, your triggers/issues ...
  • Gender, health, and societal obligation Kate Harding, writing at Broadsheet: “If you ask us,” say Glamour editor Cindi Leive and Arianna Huffington, “the next feminist issue is sleep.” Personally, I never would have thought to ask those two what the next feminist issue is, but they make a pretty good case. “Americans are increasingly sleep-deprived, and the sleepiest people are, you guessed ...
  • Question Time: Small Talk If you’re out and about at all, you’ll run into small talk situations. Perhaps at the checkout, perhaps getting coffee, perhaps at the library, perhaps at school or playgroup or college or perhaps at a party or dinner, or in the staffroom at work or with customers. What sort of ...