Chronological Archives

  • Barbara Moore: Feminist, Lawyer, Writer & Grad Student of the U of Melb. 1953-2009 This is cross-posted with permission from the original guest author. It was first posted as a Friday Hoyden feature at Hoyden About Town on September 4, 2009.] This obituary has been provided by Marion May Campbell, who supervised Barbara Moore’s thesis, The Art of Being a Tortoise: Life in the Slow Lane. The thesis is being ...
  • The Negative Side of Positive Thinking “I don’t have time for positive thinking. I spend all of that time thinking negatively.” –Kathy Griffin I might as well come right out and say it: I highly dislike the whole positive thinking movement. I would say “I hate it,” but that might get me accused of being bitter, cynical, negative, and many other colorful ...
  • The Pain of House I am a pop-culture junkie.  If you have been playing along at home long enough this is common knowledge.  I have been a big fan of House, M.D. since it’s poorly lit pilot.  I am simultaneously appalled and amused by his crass behavior.  Even the best feminist in me laughs and fairly inappropriate moments. I have ...
  • Conceptualizing disability Amanda flags a great post by Anne C at Existence is Wonderful, which catalogues “three different ways of looking at autism — in terms of neurological structure, in terms of lived experience, and in terms of outward behavior.”  And Anne does such wonderful things with this delineation. Click through to read the whole post, which ...
  • Why can’t disorder be beautiful? The mess in my apartment never goes away. We get this room clean, and that room clean, and the other, but rarely all at the same time. Even when we push to get everything in order, there is always something neglected — usually my mess in the second bedroom where I keep all my art ...
  • Guest Post: “There’s something wrong with Esther”: Disability, deception, and Orphan What is Max’s impairment? What is Esther’s? And why can we recognize Max’s within five seconds of meeting her, while it takes us nearly two hours to learn–pardon the phrase–what is “wrong with” Esther?
  • Recommended Reading for October 20, 2009 Recommended Reading for October 20, 2009
  • “What can I do?” Access is an all-consuming endeavor in a disabled person’s life. I love that the disability community learned to frame it that way: it emphasizes that the problem is not the person, their body or their condition; the problem is society’s indifference. Many accessibility solutions are structural; they require collective action — constructing spaces such that wheelchairs ...
  • What does it mean to heal? Perhaps this is the wrong question. Instead, I propose: What is there to heal? Healing is the process of a body, having been injured in some way, doing what it takes to restore itself to normalcy. Merriam-Webster says, specifically, “to make sound or whole” and “to restore to original purity or integrity.” Take note of the words ...
  • From the Comments I wanted to take a bit of time to highlight some awesome comments that you may have missed on last week’s posts. I originally intended to go through all the posts last week and pull up interesting comment discussions, but so much interesting comment discussion has gone down that I’m just going to highlight ...