disablism

The terrifying disablism of Me Before You

11 June, 2016 // 0 Comments

Me Before You just premiered in theatres, adding another entry to the long pantheon of films about disabled people, for nondisabled people. Like others, it relies on cripface and the presentation of disability as an unimaginable tragedy, which is hugely offensive.

Think before you share: disability

2 July, 2015 // 0 Comments

One of the most interesting things about joining Facebook, for me, has been exposure to the phenomenon known as the ‘share,’ the linking of something or relinking of something someone else published. Shares circulate merrily across the ...

Ableism, disablism, and language

5 June, 2015 // 0 Comments

I missed Lisa Egan’s post on ableism versus disablism when it went up in 2013, but once I discovered it last year, I’ve been mulling it over ever since. Followers of disability language and politics are likely familiar with one or both ...

Is Autism Speaks a hate group?

3 June, 2015 // 0 Comments

Autism Speaks is the bane of autism self-advocates the world over. The pernicious and seemingly inescapable organisation has only been around since 2005, but it’s managed to penetrate society quite thoroughly, establishing itself as the ...

Disability as metaphor, and why you shouldn’t

22 May, 2015 // 0 Comments

The use of disability as a metaphor in pop culture and elsewhere is widespread, but that doesn’t mean it should happen. After all, dog feces are also widespread, and I don’t think anyone is suggesting that we leave them sitting out willy ...
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