Chronological Archives

  • Recommended Reading for April 23, 2010 This is going to be a quick one from me as I’m out of town right now, attending a Graduate Student Conference on Disability Studies, because my life is awesome. I can’t wait to tell everyone all about it, at length. Disability Blog Carnival 65: Balance is up at The River of Jordan! The ...
  • Dear Imprudence: I Can Totally Police My Friends, Right? Prudie’s livechat with readers last week featured a whole cornucopia of bad advice, including some substantial slut shaming and diagnosis of a reader via the Internet, but one thing jumped out at me: Santa Cruz, Calif.: My friend was diagnosed with a chronic illness about 15 years ago. She takes care of herself and ...
  • Bullying – How Can We Stop It? Here’s another horrific story of bullying, this coming out of Dickson, Oklahoma. Austin Avery was born prematurely and suffered developmental issues as a result. Last week, when the school called Sharlene,  she  knew something was seriously wrong. “We had a call from the school to come pick him up ...
  • Recommended Reading for April 22, 2010 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 ...
  • Recognition Y’all may know I’m mentally ill. I have mentioned a time or eighteen. It’s a thing I do, talking about my experiences with mental illness and mental health care, trying to provide an anecdote to do with the data. What I talk about somewhat less is having cognitive variations and learning disabilities. Which I do. Most ...
  • Recommended Reading for Wednesday, 21 April 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 ...
  • Occupational Hazards: Dangerous Conditions in the US Mining Industry Here in the United States, headlines have been blaring over the last few weeks about the 29 coal miners killed in West Virginia at the Upper Big Branch Mine. Even the President was outraged, and the public attention may result in a push to reform the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) to give it ...
  • Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief — The Special Thing About You Every now and then a movie comes out and I get super excited about it because it sparks something form my childhood or youth that I love. Percy Jackson and the Olympians did that. I loved Greek mythology in High School (even if I went a little cross-eyed reading The Odyssey and The Illiad). Hollywood is ...
  • ‘Normal’ and the Dominant Narrative He got through school, he has a good job and he married. That’s probably the biggest concern of Tourette’s sufferers and their relatives: Will their life be normal? This quote comes from Anne Miller’s Washington Post piece, ‘‘American Idol’ segment helps push Tourette’s Syndrome into cultural mainstream,’ which I mentioned in ‘Whose Voices?‘ There’s ...
  • Recommended Reading for April 20, 2010 Scott Carney (Mother Jones magazine): Inside India’s Rent-a-Womb Business Despite the growth in services, surrogacy is not officially regulated in India. There are no binding legal standards for treatment of surrogates, nor has any state or national authority been empowered to police the industry. While clinics have a financial incentive to ensure the health of the ...