Must minorities dance for you before they can be human?

As Quantico started its slow rise into the US consciousness — an interesting take on the traditional procedural, presented in an intriguing way — I started reading a great deal of commentary about the show, and I particularly enjoyed Anu Bhagwati writing at the New Republic about Priyanka Chopra’s role on the show. Bhagwati noted that Chopra is a […]

Think before you share: disability

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 internet (Facebook is a major traffic driver), they get scores of likes, people post thousands of comments. There’s […]

Is Autism Speaks a hate group?

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 authority on autism and perpetuating hateful stereotypes and attitudes about autism and autistics. Which leads me to think that it […]

Nondisabled people: Please stop arguing with us about our experiences

I keep noticing a really peculiar trend, and while I’m speaking from the perspective of disability, it’s by no means limited to disability — it happens with race, with gender, with religious faith. It starts with a disabled person making a statement about her life, a comment on disability representation, expressing irritation with her treatment […]

The intersectionality of chronic pain

100 million adults in the United States have chronic pain conditions. Women are overrepresented in their number. Women of colour, even more so. There’s a tangled thread of circumstances that creates these imbalances, and it loops around to another problem: Intersectional oppression in the treatment of chronic pain, both medically and socially. Deep-seated social attitudes about […]

Blogging Against Disablism Day 2015: Oscarbait

Every year, the online disability community organises and participates in Blogging Against Disablism Day (BADD), a blogswarm that highlights various aspects of living with disability in a culture that discriminates against disabled people. Entries range from personal essays to heavily-researched critiques to pop culture commentary to conversations to discussions about disability issues; they’re all fantastic, […]