February 2012

Where Are All the Disabled Creators?

19 February, 2012 // 0 Comments

Three years ago, I asked readers: ‘Where are all the people with disabilities?‘ in television and pop culture. It’s something I’ve been exploring, poking at, pondering, and writing about ever since, because it’s a ...

I Hate You, Steven Moffat

18 February, 2012 // 0 Comments

At the behest of a friend, I started watching Doctor Who in November. He promised me that if the first season started out rough, I’d settle into it and really enjoy it. As indeed I did; judging from the large number of fans of the show, I ...

Universal Design Does Not Mean Ugly Design

17 February, 2012 // 0 Comments

One of the most common misconceptions about universal design and accessible design in general is that it is ugly. That the focus is on functionality instead of beauty, and that the necessary modifications to create accessibility inherently ruin the ...

Mothers In Politics

14 February, 2012 // 0 Comments

Politics provide a great example of how insidiously messaging about gender roles persists despite pushback. The belief that women belong in the home is still strong, and it’s especially strong in the case of mothers, who are expected to drop ...

Denial As Virtue

13 February, 2012 // 0 Comments

We humans have such a confused, twisted, snarled relationship with food. We can’t seem to decide what to do with it or how to respond to it and we come up with baroque rules to surround ourselves with, not just so we can feel secure around ...

Human Monstrosities: Vampires and Villainism

12 February, 2012 // 0 Comments

The current iteration of vampire mythology has taken on an interesting twist by humanising the vampire. Rather than creating a purely monstrous entity of evil whom the humans in the story are supposed to fear because it is inhuman, creators have ...

Carrots

11 February, 2012 // 0 Comments

She’s thinning carrots when I get out to the house, bent awkwardly over the barrel, trying to balance the ungainly weight of the pregnancy against the pull of gravity. She looks much larger than I had imagined she would, far too large for ...
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