Chronological Archives

  • Recommended Reading for April 15, 2010 Hi! As you may have noticed, we’re rotating Recommended Reading between a few contributors now. This is my first one, and it may have a little bit of a different style? I don’t know. Anyway, here it is! History Lessons – Scar My daughter will inherit my scar.  Obviously I know that you can’t inherit a ...
  • Question Time: Community Question Time is a series in which we open up the floor to you, commenters. We invite you to share as you feel comfortable. How important is being in community with other disabled people to you? Where do you find community with other disabled people? How do these communities fit in with other ones in your ...
  • On refusing to tell you my name Women like me – and so many other women and men with “hidden” disabilities, women and men who are trans* or bi or lesbian or gay, people who are non-gender binary, people who write about their struggles with racism or sexism or homophobia or bullying at work, people who are otherwise marginalized – risk losing ...
  • Recommended Reading for 14 April, 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 ...
  • Figuratively I’m thinking on metaphors of the body. Here are some examples of what I mean: On the one hand Foot in my mouth Lend a hand Get back on my feet Stand up to her Run with the idea Wrapped around hir little finger Get your foot in the door Dip in a toe Dangle his feet Under your thumb I think these metaphors are interesting evidence ...
  • Idaho Revises State Laws to Remove Ableist Language Exciting news! On March 29th, Governor C.L. Otter signed a law removing ableist language from Idaho’s state code. From the Idaho Statesman: The new law replaces outdated language in 73 different laws – including those addressing health and welfare, education and corrections – with more accepted phrases such as “intellectually disabled.” Disability rights advocates ...
  • Disability Representation in Music (Video), You’re Doing It Right: Janelle Monae’s “Tightrope” This recent music video from singer-songwriter Janelle Monae is a great example of how not to completely screw up representation(s) of disability. Lyrics are located here. And a description, courtesy of FWD’s own S.E.: A black title card reads: ‘The Palace of the Dogs Asylum: Dancing has long been forbidden for its subversive effects on the residents ...
  • Recommended Reading for April 13, 2010 Renee Martin: I’m not a Feminist (and there is no but) Blogs run by traditionally marginalised women do not attract the same attention by the media. When feminists are pulled from the internet for interviews, it is routinely the same white feminist voices representing the broad perspectives that are visible on the internet. Flora: Guest Post – ...
  • Criticism and the Vatican, Part Two: Adventures in Bad Reporting I wanted to specifically address something I’ve noted seems to be a bit of a recurring theme in how newspapers are handling the reporting on child abuse cases involving Deaf boys. I think the best way to illustrate it is just to throw some pull quotes at you: …their reports fell on the deaf ears of ...
  • Quick Press — Professional Sports and “Disabled Lists” Many professional athletic teams in the U.S. and Canada (for Hockey and Baseball, but I do not know of other sports, or of other countries’ sports’ teams) have what are known as “Disabled Lists“. Major League Baseball calls it this specifically, where a player who is temporarily injured and can not play for whatever reason ...