Chronological Archives

  • I Can’t Decide What I Think of This Via Sociological Images, I read a story about a nursing home in Dusseldorf, Germany. As patients age, nursing homes risk that they will become disoriented and “escape” the nursing home.  Often, they are trying to return to homes in which they lived previously, desperate that their children, partners, or even parents are worried ...
  • What’s The Big Deal With Pop Culture? Content note: This post is the result of a collaboration between a group of FWD contributors, abby jean, Annaham, Anna, and s.e. smith, which is why it is credited to ‘Staff.’ This is part one in a two part series. One thing has been clearly established: Something guaranteed to attract absurd amounts of traffic is ...
  • Canadian Signal Boost: NEADS’ 2010 Conference Call for Speakers NEADS’ 2010 National Conference “Learning Today – Leading Tomorrow” invites expressions of interest to speak at this conference to be held November 12-14, 2010 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The event provides the only Canadian opportunity of its kind to share and exchange best practices and expertise on education, accessibility, and employment for post-secondary students and graduates ...
  • Recommended Reading for May 5, 2010 Description: A tree with signs showing wheelchairs with arrows pointing left and forward. Chally is interviewed by BitchMagazine! There is audio, and a transcript! My full-length interview with Chally, who talks about her love of sci-fi, why it’s problematic to have feminist “icons,” her experience as a teen in social justice movement, and of course, the ...
  • Psychiatric Hospitals and Music Videos: Part 1 After reading Anna’s recent post on Janelle Monae’s ‘Tightrope’ video and how it “is a great example of how not to completely screw up representation(s) of disability,” I started remembering other music videos set in psychiatric hospitals. And then I started watching all these music videos! One of the earliest I remember is Melissa Etheridge’s ...
  • Chocolate, Correlation, Causation, and Depression A recent study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine has attracted a lot of media attention. ‘Chocolate and Depressive Symptoms in a Cross-sectional Analysis‘ has been written up in a number of newspapers here in the United States, often in the ‘oddly enough’ news sections, which is where ‘whimsical’ news about scientific studies often ...
  • The One Damned Sock… May 1st was Blogging Against Disablism Day, and I have in my drafts at all three blogs to which I contribute regularly a post started where I had intended to write something for the day. I had my work writing caught up, so it was all I had left, really. Then ...
  • Recommended reading for May 4, 2010 RMJ: Disability and birth control, part 1 Widespread (rather than individual) centralization of birth control in feminism alienates and marginalizes their already problematized bodies: trans women, intersex women, older women, women with disabilities that affect their reproductive system, asexual women, women who want to get pregnant. Not to mention the loaded history of otherwise non-privileged bodies ...
  • BADD: Why I Write (This was originally posted as a BADD contribution at my tumblr.) I spend a lot of time blogging about and against ableism, about being a person with a mental illness, about the way policies and cultural attitudes and assumptions act to disadvantage people with disabilities. But for some reason, I was having ...
  • Recommended Reading for May 3, 2010 “My Deaf Family” (And My Hearing Life) Once I started kindergarten, I stopped signing, like I had been in the hearing impaired program and I started living completely in the hearing world. The choice was mine. It was instinctual. With all due respect to the Deaf community, my six year-old self knew I had to learn ...