Chronological Archives

  • Recommended Reading for December 24 Warning: Offsite links are not safe spaces. Articles and comments in the links may contain ableist, sexist, and other -ist language of varying intensity. * Arachne Jericho at Tor.com: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in Fiction, Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4 A survey of the tropes, stereotypes and more realistic portrayals of PTSD on ...
  • One Sided Ten years ago I joined a club. You don’t have to say anything about it. It is something I have (mostly) come to terms with. I only bring it up to give a little context. I have a father out there in Meat World somewhere. I differentiate for a reason, and no, I Don’t Want to Talk ...
  • Recommended Reading for December 23 Warning: Offsite links are not safe spaces. Articles and comments in the links may contain ableist, sexist, and other -ist language of varying intensity. * Janine at StroppyBlog: Legal Step Forward on Disability Rights The delicious irony in this particular case, the employer concerned was a firm of solicitors, who appeared to think they should not ...
  • Talking down disability while talking down to young people Contains spoilers for A Darkling Plain, so be warned! I’ve just finished up Philip Reeve’s Hungry Cities books. They’re really good, and I’d recommend them to any young adults reading, or anyone else who is into YA. Mortal Engines, Predator’s Gold, Infernal Devices and A Darkling Plain are full of complex female characters in a well-realised ...
  • Suggestive Sell from Shopwiki: The top part of the image is the search result box, showing an electric wheelchair priced at $2900. The bottom part of the image is the “Related Items” tab, which shows a choice of inexpensive dining-room chairs. (If you scroll down on the original page, you will also find stools and benches.) From IRC: Oh, ...
  • Guest Post: Puppies and Pills Part 2 The general public’s understanding of service dogs or in some cases that there is anything beyond guides is very low. It makes sense that more people know of guide dogs, as they are did start the first service dog schools and hold their dogs to a very high standard. I must say that the constant ...
  • Recommended Reading for December 22 Warning: Offsite links are not safe spaces. Articles and comments in the links may contain ableist language of varying intensity. *Chicago Tribune: Disabled mom fighting to keep her son Can a quadriplegic woman be a good parent? Her ex-boyfriend filed a custody suit that says no. In September, Trais sued O’Neill for full custody, charging that his ...
  • Guest Post: Future of Portrayals of Disability in Movies? Cameron’s Avatar My doubts started forming, however, when I looked more closely at two sources: the movie’s dialogue and the movie’s synopsis. I want to start with the synopsis. Through about the film’s box office numbers, I understand that Avatar is quite popular with audiences. This synopsis contains profoundly ableist language in the ...
  • Recommended Reading for December 21 * NRC Handelsblad: Disabled poster boy banned from rail stations Not Normal, an art-exhibition focussed on the position of disabled people in society, which opened in Amsterdam on Wednesday has immediately sparked controversy. The exhibition features pieces by 80 visual artists, whose work all evokes the same question: what constitutes normality? And who decides what ...
  • On Speculation and Boundaries… Brittany Murphy died today. It took exactly five seconds for the speculation to start up about why she would die of cardiac arrest at the tender age of 32, and not quite double that for the snarky comments to seep out of the woodwork. Because certainly if she had an existing heart condition we all would ...