Chronological Archives

  • FWD’s New Look Thanks to lots of hard work on the part of Viv, FWD/Forward has a new look, as you can probably tell! As with all projects of this nature, it’s hard to tell how things will work out until we set them loose in the wild. So, it’s important to note that things are still very much ...
  • On writing about disability That’s what scares me the most about talking about disability. It’s being reduced to someone who is so broken that they are capable of nothing. And that’s exactly why I mean to talk about it. Because, like the other stories I write, talking about disability is a way to reclaim that agency. To demand and ...
  • Seven reactions to reviews of Rachel Axler’s “Smudge” I’ve been shaking my head over the press for Rachel Axler’s new hipster-ableist play, Smudge. Here’s a lightning tour, with my response s at the end. Emphases are mine. In ‘Smudge,’ Baby’s disabled, and mom’s not much better, from Newsday: Most couples look at the sonogram of their impending baby to see whether it’s a boy or a ...
  • Recommended Reading for January 20th Warning: Offsite links are not safe spaces. Articles and comments in the links may contain ableist, sexist, and other -ist language 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 certain material present in articles, but your ...
  • Well, Wasn’t That Exciting? Hi y’all! Did you miss us? We missed you! As many readers are no doubt aware, FWD/Forward was down for a day because our server was compromised. We are now back! And we apologize for the less than lovely appearance of the site at the moment; the look of the site will be changing in the ...
  • In Which I Confuse a Child Psychologist Today, a tale from my past which I think illustrates some interesting social attitudes about “intelligence,” social expectations, and children. When my father and I returned to the United States from Greece, he was informed that I would need to be assessed by a child psychologist before I could be placed in school. Although I had ...
  • Disability is not your analogy The book we’re reading at present in the online bookclub to which I belong (Radical Readers, go check it out!) is The Ethical Slut by Dossie Easton and Janet W. Hardy. I almost threw it across the room when I reached the following on page 233: The historical censorship of discussion about sex has left us ...
  • Signal Boost: Leonard Cheshire Disability Leonard Cheshire Disability : Campaigns Newsletter : Calling allbudding artists, designers and photographers Calling all budding artists, designers and photographers Dear Campaigners, To help launch our Action for Access campaign we are calling on all budding artists, designers and photographers! We want to find new images to help us illustrate the access issues facing disabled people. The ...
  • The New York Times Tells You How To Eat Every now and then, I take a gander at the New York Times “Health” section, usually with the goal of riling myself up so that I can rant about something here at FWD. There are a lot of things to get riled up about. Today, for me, it’s the conflation of size and health, and ...
  • Signal Boost: Feminism and Mental Health (Call for Submissions) Feminism and Mental Health (Call for Submissions) Call for Submissions: The lived experience(s) of mental health in feminist communities Call for submissions from people of any gender who identify with feminism and have lived experiences of a psychiatric diagnosis. Our upcoming anthology, Feminist’s Navigate Mental Health (working title), will explore the complexities of navigating mental health and how a ...