Chronological Archives

  • Making “Invisible Women” even more invisible One the arguments about why it is difficult to center the voices of women with disabilities seems to be that there just aren’t that many of us writing. Or maybe we don’t write in an easy-to-understand way. Or maybe we don’t write in a way that’s clear to people are currently non-disabled. ...
  • Happy Cesar Chavez Day! Here in California, today is an official State holiday to celebrate the life and work of Cesar Chavez. Chavez worked to promote and enforce the civil rights of farm workers and, with Dolores Huerta, was cofounder of the United Farm Workers of America, or UFW – still one of the United States’ two major union ...
  • Recommended Reading for March 31, 2010 Having an Answer: Yes ladies and gentleman there are people in the world of rehab and fitness who actually give a hoot about you the person not just you the underlying diagnosis. You just have to find the right people. And when you do, life just rocks a little bit more. I hate to write another letter. ...
  • Keeping up appearances Related: On standing up, but not for myself. On Friday last, there was a period of six or so hours during which there was quite a lot of pain in my right arm. Just about everything from my little finger to my upper arm was aching or full of shooting pains or some such. Unfortunately, that afternoon ...
  • Dance Party! (Again!) Reader note: I’ve started using my name, ’s.e. smith,’ rather than my pseudonym, ‘meloukhia,’ to identify myself on FWD. I apologise in advance if that causes any confusion! I’m sticking this notice on my posts for a few days to make sure that everyone sees it. Here’s Japanese singer Kaoru ballroom dancing with a partner. Kaoru ...
  • Recommended Reading for March 30, 2010 The Summer of Nadia I remember the doctor talking about my diagnosis that day in the summer of Nadia, and what would likely happen. Terms like “swan-necked fingers” and “hammer toes” were thrown around. I remember he never looked at me as he spoke, though he used my various body parts to demonstrate. Nor did he ...
  • Jenny McCarthy & Autism Part 1: If we shame parents enough, maybe autism can be cured! The reason I don’t like the methods that McCarthy is advocating for are, at the heart, simply this: I think it harms parents of children born with disabilities, and I think it harms people with disabilities. I want to start with parents of children who are born with disabilities, and then will talk about the harms ...
  • Back to the Pharmacy Reader note: I’ve started using my name, ‘s.e. smith,’ rather than my pseudonym, ‘meloukhia’ to identify myself on FWD. I apologise in advance if that causes any confusion! Readers may recall that way back in October, I wrote a post about the prolonged and irritating interaction I have every time I pick up my birth control ...
  • Stigma Kills: A Concrete Example Often when bloggers or activists push back against ableist language and stereotypes in the media, especially pop culture, someone will respond with an argument that there are more important disability issues to address and that the topic at hand is mostly irrelevant to disability rights as a whole. This has happened with each of the ...
  • Recommended Reading for March 29, 2010 Anna’s note: Hi! I’m going to be included a link or two a day for the next couple of weeks that isn’t explicitly related to disability. I will also be increasing the number of links I put up a day – you may have noted that I lean towards 5 as my ...