Chronological Archives

  • Why I don’t think it’s funny to use Limbaugh’s drug abuse as a punchline. Short background: Rush Limbaugh (link goes to Wikipedia article) is a US conservative radio talk show host who has risen to prominence in the US by inciting “controversy” after “controversy” with hateful rhetoric. He also went through an ordeal some time back for addiction to prescription painkillers, an incident that the US left likes to ...
  • It Will Always Be The First Thing I Think Of **TRIGGER WARNING FOR DISCUSSION OF SELF-HARM** I’ve been under some significant emotional stress lately, more so than usual. And I’ve had a couple of incidents when I received some very upsetting news. Of course I’ve cried. Sobbed, even. And reached out to my friends and family and cared for myself in all the healthy and productive ...
  • Recommended Reading for January 6th 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. Interesting posts, weekend of 1/3/10: Great linkfest at Feminists with Female Sexual Dysfunction. WECT News: Michigan ...
  • QuickPress: Book List I’ve added a new page to the site: Books of Interest. If you check it out, you’ll notice very quickly that it’s almost all history books at the moment. We’ll fix that over time. I just found that I was procrastinating putting anything up out of fear that it was not the Perfect Ideal ...
  • Less Than / More Than – My complicated thoughts on reproductive rights & feminist discussions It pains many other women who, for a variety of reasons, are discouraged or outright prevented from having children they want. That, in North America, these women are overwhelmingly women of colour, lower class, disabled, queer – that they’re often women who have been institutionalised in some way, be it a “medical” institution or ...
  • Signal Boost: Sexuality & Access Project Survey Sexuality and Access Project Survey The Sexuality and Access Project is looking for people who use attendant services as well as attendants to participate in an anonymous survey. The survey is part of this two-year project, funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation. The goal of the project is to give Ontarians with disabilities greater ...
  • Recommended Reading for January 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. staticnonsense at I Am Not: You Telling me that I need to look at the word ...
  • Quoted: Karl Michalak, “Face Value” (excerpt) Everything healed up but in a very strange way Years later when it was very obvious that something was very wrong with my face everyone said one or more of the following: It’s the Lord’s will. Just learn to live with it. It’s all in your imagination. Don’t be so self-centered. Shut up and do your homework. Other people are worse off than you. [Full text available in ...
  • Backscatter X-ray scanners, security theatre, and marginalised bodies I’ve just been reading about backscatter X-rays and airport security in my local paper: UK brings in full body scanners. The UK is looking to push these into routine use, using the attempted attack at Christmas as an excuse. In this attack, the perpetrator had an incendiary device strapped to his leg, and managed to ...
  • Happy World Braille Day! Today is World Braille Day! Were I a more organized person, I would now present you with a scrupulously researched history of Braille, deep insights into the so-called “War of the Dots”, and a wonderful interlude on the use of raised text in the Halifax School for the Blind.