Chronological Archives

  • How Stigma Undermines Good Policies There is sometimes significant pushback to talking about negative attitudes towards disabilities and PWDs. Those discussion are sometimes criticized for being too abstract, too removed from any practical effects on actual people. Sometimes people suggest that we focus instead on concrete policies and procedures that protect the rights of PWDs, so that tricky decisions aren’t ...
  • “Saying conjoined twins are disabled is insulting!”: Evelyn Evelyn, redux Something that has really struck me about the conversations around Evelyn Evelyn is the reaction that “Conjoined twins don’t have a disability! To say they do is insulting!” Not all commenters make the link between the two statements – some stop at the first – so I’ll take these two separately. A ...
  • Recommended Reading for February 17th 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, ...
  • QuickPress: Carnival of Feminist Parenting The Ninth (already! Awesome!) Carnival of Feminist Parenting is up at Mothers for Women’s Lib. It has a huge variety of links focusing around parenting & motherhood from a feminist perspective!
  • A program on disability rights in Australia A couple of days ago, Australian investigative journalism television program Four Corners aired a story called Breaking Point. It covers some of recent Australian disability rights history, personal stories from many individuals and families, discussion of a proposed national disability support scheme, differences between the UK and Australian systems, all sorts of things. It’s rather ...
  • Quoted: Rosemarie Garland-Thomson on staring The first element in the staring process is for the staree to develop a keen sense of being scrutinized. This anticipation and preparedness arms the staree with the proper relational tools to manage expected staring encounters with great effectiveness. The second element in this process is to decide how to oversee the dynamics of the ...
  • Financial Planning For People With Disabilities Note: This post is pretty specific to the United States, because that’s the area where I have the most experience, although some of what I say here may hold true for other areas of the world. I would LOVE for readers in other regions of the world to talk about financial planning issues for people ...
  • Recommended Reading for February 16th 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, ...
  • Interview: Sex & Disability WARNING: This post is likely NSFW, and talks about sex. If you do not want to know anything about my sex life, you don’t want to read it. I was recently interviewed for an article about sex & disability. In what ways do you find that people who have physical disabilities are stigmatized against or prevented ...
  • Another Moment In the Grocery Store I’m standing in line at the checkstand marked “Albion,” because Harvest Market thinks that it is cute to name the lanes after local towns, rather than numbering them. Behind me is a wheelchair user, and I note that the conveyor belt for groceries is too high to reach, so I ask him if he’d like ...