Chronological Archives

  • Ableist Word Profile: You’re so OCD! Welcome to Ableist Word Profile, a (probably intermittent) series in which staffers will profile various ableist words, talk about how they are used, and talk about how to stop using them. Ableism is not feminism, so it’s important to talk about how to eradicate ableist language from our vocabularies. This post is marked 101, which ...
  • Television: Bloody Torchwood All I can think of is the complete ignorance of the experiences of families with disabilities, whose children do scream and scream and scream, or do some other harming activity, because of their disability, and their parents love them anyway. I think about how this is another episode of television that’s used a ...
  • Barriers to justice when rapists attack women with disabilities: Australian report *trigger warnings apply to this post: descriptions of abuse and sexual assault against women with disabilities** “This young woman has cerebral palsy, is wheelchair bound, totally dependent on carers for her personal and daily living activities, and non-verbal. Cognitively very aware, she depends ...
  • Recommended Reading for October 19, 2009 Recommended Reading for October 19, 2009
  • “But what do we CAAAALL them?”: The language of shackling I don’t know who David Southwell is when he’s at home, but he’s showing his arse big-time over at his “Sub in the Pub” blog at news.com.au, a large Australia news organisation that is part of News Limited (Rupert Murdoch). Following up on the story about the man ...
  • Calendar Girls: Sexification Strikes Yet Another Serious Health Condition [Author’s note: I’d been meaning to submit this piece somewhere since earlier this year, but never got around to it. I know we’re almost finished with 2009–so focusing on a charity calendar may seem a bit old meme, at least in internet time–but some of the issues that this campaign raises are, as they say, ...
  • Gender presentation, disability and intersections A few months ago, there was a wonderful conversation in the blogosphere about gender presentation and disability. Jumping off from bfp’s what is butch? (check out the comments for some interesting disability discussion) a range of commenters and bloggers had something to say, and it evolved to have a strong disability focus. Here are extracts ...
  • Time and Energy, or Lack Thereof This amazing post and its follow-up by Anna at Trouble in China (she is also a contributor here, as you may have noticed) got me thinking. Whenever I mention my personal blog in, say, a ...
  • Activism suggestion: How about shade for “accessible” parking spots? How do we start campaigning for shade over accessible parking spots? Parked cars in the Australian sun get way too hot at the best of times, no matter how able-bodied you are. But lots of people with disabilities have further issues with temperature regulation and/or high temperatures making them sick. People with spinal injuries can have ...
  • Please, Tell Me More One of the many problems which people with disabilities of all genders experience is well-meant advice. How is advice a problem? Well, it plays into a long history of infantalization of people with disabilities, and it’s a reminder to us that non-disabled people often believe that they know what’s good for us. The fact that ...