Chronological Archives

  • Recommended Reading for April 12, 2010 Description: A ramp at the foot of a set of concrete stairs. It ends on the second step from the bottom, leaving the rest of the stairs to climb Black Bodies The history of the black body is a long and twisted one. When I say black bodies, I mean the social construction of blackness, ...
  • All Those Healthy Eating “Rules” are Just Guesses, Really File this under “Who Even Knows, Anymore?” s.e. smith recently posted a photo of a “5 a day” tag that came on some asparagus she bought. She felt, and I agree, that those tags are a form of food policing – instructing people what they “should” eat. The corollary, of course, is that if people do ...
  • Criticism and the Vatican, Part One: You Really Want To Go There? As I suspect many of our readers are well aware, there’s an ongoing abuse scandal in the Catholic Church which really exploded when news broke that Cardinal Ratzinger (now Pope Benedict) could have intervened in some cases of abuse and didn’t. I’ve been following the ongoing issues with the Church and child abuse for years, ...
  • Chatterday! Open Thread. 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 your part of the world? Got any questions for your fellow FWD commenters? Today’s chatterday backcloth comes via The Daily Squee, and was captioned there “Hangin with mah online ...
  • Guest Post: Storytime Cara is a feminist writer who blogs at both The Curvature and Feministe. She likes The Beatles, vinyl records, and social justice, though not necessarily in that order. The first time I saw someone say in a progressive space that it was ableist to use the word “lame” as a pejorative, I ...
  • Recommended Reading for Friday, 9 April: Special FWD Contributors Elsewhere Edition! It’s been a while since we had a round of ‘FWD Contributors writing elsewhere,’ so, without further ado… abby jean writing at Feministe: Fighting Ableism Fights Sexual Assault (Content warning: Discussions of sexual assault, depression.) Fighting against ableist language or ableist tropes in pop culture helps undermine the messages that could convince a woman ...
  • QuickPress: Launch of UKDPC Manifesto for 2010 UK Disabled People’s Council Launches Manifesto for 2010. The UK Disabled People’s Council (UKDPC) is pleased to announce the launch of an exciting new manifesto for the coming year. The Manifesto for 2010 sets out the UKDPC work programme on key issues that have a decisive impact on justice and rights for disabled people. The UKDPC ...
  • Words, Language, Context My point isn’t that people with disabilities need to use different words or that currently non-disabled people need to use different words. It’s that words come with context.
  • Recommended Reading for April 8, 2010 Description: A white person’s right arm in a (self-described) terminator-esque arm brace. It has thick black straps supporting the upper arm, a huge dial on the elbow, and more thick straps on the lower arm Daily Access Irritations: The Moan Meme I thought I’d rant a little about the access irritations I encountered today. Today I’ll ...
  • Quickhit: Kelly Vincent elected to Upper House in South Australia! The results have been declared! Image: A smiling Kelly Vincent, Dignity for Disability candidate, with a blue flower in her hair and holding a bouquet of pink roses, sits next to former leader of the Australian Democrats Natasha Stott-Despoja. South Australia State Parliament gets first disabled politician* Labor and Liberal won 4 seats each with the Greens ...