Dear Ableism: It’s Not Me. It’s Really, Really You

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By Cheryl Green Dear ableism, We're not supposed to name names. You know, out of respect and all. It's painful to be publicly embarrassed! But this time I have to. You, ableism, are Danny, the Alaska Airlines manager at the Chicago-O'Hare airport who refused to open the door to the jetway for my friends after the plane had … [Read more...]

Dear World: How I Got My Brain Injury Is None of Your Business

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By Cheryl Green If you saw me on the street, you wouldn't think much of it ... until I wander into a lamppost and swat it for attacking me. Someday, I hope to stop walking into things. But for now, I do it because I've sustained many, many mild traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) that have messed with my neurology. I don't fully … [Read more...]

Please Stop Saying “Don’t Let Your Disabilities Define You!”: An Open Letter to Almost Everyone

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By Rabbit KM for Queer Cripple, cross-posted with permission Hi, able[-bodied] people! Today on Twitter, I saw a series of tweets by @shufflejoy  that I wish all abled people would read and think about: It’s important. People, particularly abled people, try to separate disabled people from our disabilities a lot. For … [Read more...]

7 Microaggressions Disabled Folks Face at the Doctor’s Office—and 6 Ways to Fix Them

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By Caryn Rubanovich, Intern 2014 Imagine this: you’re in the waiting room of a new doctor’s office, eager to learn more about and start birth control. You’ve asked a family member to join you, and together you wait for the nurse to call your name for the appointment. Fifteen minutes go by. Twenty minutes. Twenty-five. You’re … [Read more...]

4 Ways to Be an Ally to People with Invisible Disabilities

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By Sara Whitestone Cross-posted with permission from Everyday Feminism As someone who lives with an invisible disability, I struggle on a daily basis to live with my ever-changing abilities. My condition reacts to a variety of factors, so my symptoms vary on any given day. Some days, I have to use a wheelchair with powerful … [Read more...]

“Inspiration Porn”: A Discussion

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This post is excerpted from a discussion from the team at Disability in Kid Lit. You can read more on the topic, and check out their other great work, at their website.  This week’s topic: inspiration porn. Don’t know what that is? You’ll find the answer below–we asked our contributors how they define this concept and what they … [Read more...]

“Push Girls”: Exploiting Disabilities or Promoting Inclusion?

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By Valerie Martin The Pitch: Another reality show about attractive women in Los Angeles hardly sounds like something we need…right? That’s what Sundance Channel executive Sarah Burnett thought during the first few moments of the pitch tape of Push Girls that producer Gay Rosenthal brought to her. But then the camera zoomed … [Read more...]

Disfigurement: Isolating ‘Imperfect’ Bodies

Shirin Juwaley

Originally published at Women’s Web. Cross-posted with permission. By Shirin Juwaley Having a facial disfigurement, according to me, is an advantage! It has sieved out the people in my life as only the significant remain. In the 13 years of surviving an acid attack by my ex-husband, I have come across all sorts of attitudes … [Read more...]

Conversations About Body Image: A Place at the Table for Me?

‘Black Torso’ by American artist Nancy Fried.

By s.e. smith Original post found at FORWARD. Cross-posted with permission. Conversations about body image come up often in feminist communities, and unfortunately, many of those conversations are predicated on the dual ideas that all people should love their bodies and that lovable bodies are healthy ones. This can be seen … [Read more...]

Living a Limitless Life

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By Sharon Haywood “Imagine being born without arms. No arms to wrap around someone, no hands to experience touch, or to hold another hand with. Or what about being born without legs? Having no ability to dance, walk, run, or even stand on two feet. Now put both of those scenarios together: no arms and no legs. What would you do? … [Read more...]