On the dehumanisation of disabled children

‘I’m an autism mom,’ someone said to me the other day. Talking about parenting while disabled is a fascinating conversation, given that society continues to discriminate against disabled parents. Children are taken from disabled parents solely on the grounds that their disabilities make them ‘unfit to parent,’ with no additional consideration. Disabled people are forcibly […]

Are we finally ready to put trans actresses in trans roles?

In a perhaps confusing incidence of synchronicity, two comedies featuring trans characters hit the media world this year — Boy Meets Boy in the United States is a romantic comedy that went on limited release earlier in the year and started streaming in April. In the UK, the television programme of the same name started filming in late […]

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 […]

Did you even TRY to research?

In pop culture, few things irk me more than poorly researched representation. Whether we’re talking about depictions of places from people who have clearly never been there and didn’t even pick up a map, or obviously troped and inaccurate depictions of other people’s lives, the first thing that comes to mind is: Did you even TRY […]