Chronological Archives

  • It’s Hard to Know What to Say Sometimes I have a hard time thinking of anything to say here. In large part because it still feels, to me, that writing anything here is an act of such unimaginable daring that I should immediately take down everything I’ve already posted and get to work scrubbing cached files of any mention of my name. I’ve ...
  • Chatterday! Open Thread. This is our weekly Chatterday! open thread. Use this open thread to talk amongst yourselves: feel free to share a link, have a vent, or spread some joy. 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 ...
  • The Island That Heals: Lost, John Locke, and Disability Note: This post contains discussion of Lost through season six, episode four, “The Substitute.” That means it is full of spoilers! You have been warned. John Locke is one of the most central and interesting characters on ABC’s Lost. He is a character with whom I personally struggle as a viewer, especially as a disabled ...
  • Recommended Reading for February 19th 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. I attempt to provide extra warnings for material like extreme violence/rape; however, ...
  • For Cereal, Jessica at Jezebel? PTSD after obstetric assault is “hysterical”? At Jezebel, Jessica writes: Is Having A Baby A Traumatic Event? A new survey says that 9% of postpartum women suffer from post traumatic stress disorder. You know, the same disorder that Iraq vets and plane crash survivors get. Something does not compute here, Have we become so precious and hyper-conscious ...
  • Dear Imprudence: A “Tired Wife” Strikes Back? The hits just keep on comin’, thanks to Slate. Earlier this month in Dear Prudence, we got to read this winner: Dear Prudence: My husband had a stroke 18 months ago. At first he was unable to speak and his right side was paralyzed. He regained his speech and, with a lot of work, got full use ...
  • Quickhit: “From Cool to Crippled” in advertising Bad Cripple shows us a couple of ads, in Why Equality is Elusive, Part I and Part II. Description : The ad is headed, in red, “Drive stupid and score some kickin’ new wheels.” This heading is placed beside the image of an slim adolescent boy, white-appearing and dark-haired, wearinga red T-shirt, black ...
  • We are not to be believed This post is going to talk in non-explicit ways about the sexual abuse of children with disabilities, and the inclination of people to not believe them. Writing about the history of people with disabilities is often a process of reading between the lines. Surviving records tend to be written by non-disabled people in positions of ...
  • Why I Am Not Riled About Every Instance of Crip Drag This post has been percolating for a while. A question that I (and other FWD contributors, and other social justice activists in general) get asked a lot in the context of discussions about pop culture is “why aren’t you upset about ?” “Why are you focusing on XYZ when someone else did ABC over here?” And ...
  • Recommended Reading for February 18th 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. I attempt to provide extra warnings for material like extreme violence/rape; however, ...