• Quoted: Paulo Freire
    I find this quote helpful when I’m feeling worn down and need a little inspiration and motivation to keep fighting. “Washing one’s hands of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless means to side with the powerful, not to be neutral. ” – Paulo Freire, “Pedagogy of freedom: ethics, democracy, and civic courage” (1998). The only way ...
  • Your Chilling Fact For The Day
    The last women’s shelter I volunteered in had a disabled-parking zone in front, but that’s all I recall. What about you?
  • Guest Post: Sex and Scoliosis
    Many girls experience horror and anger when they find out what bracing is going to mean for their lives, and that it won’t even fix them, it will just probably keep them from getting any worse.
  • 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 ...
  • Recommended Reading for November 13
    Recommended Reading for November 13, 2009
  • Power and Responsibility
    What she does for Don is a huge deal in terms of his personal hygiene. All those little things that allow him to be “acceptable” to our neighbours take energy, such as having clean hair and a neatly trimmed beard. Before homecare, Don would often go weeks, if not months, without a proper shave, and ...
  • Getting Through College with a Mental Disability
    We’ve been talking a lot about how university faculty and staff individually respond to students with disabilities, as well as attitudes from universities as a whole towards identifying students with potential mental health problems. I’ve noticed a lot of stories in the comments on those posts about the struggles individual readers had when navigating the ...
  • Recommended Reading for November 12
    Recommended Reading for November 12, 2009
  • Keiko Fukuda: Be Strong, Be Gentle, Be Beautiful
    Olde-tyme Hoydenizens may remember that I wrote about Keiko Fukuda back in 2007, in the Friday Hoyden feature. Fukuda is probably the most knowledgeable and accomplished judoka alive, the last living student of Jigoro Kano, the founder of judo. Geekfeminism has an update on Fukuda Sensei, with a snippet of film from documentary “Be Strong, Be ...
  • Campaigning: A (brief) Guide for Inclusion
    But, since that’s not possible for everyone, let me give you some free (and lengthy) advice on how to make your campaign (however you define campaign) more accessible for people with disabilities. This advice has been influenced and improved by talking to the folks who run the Nova Scotia League for Equal Opportunity, and ...