Everest and Exploitation

This year marked the most horrific mass disaster on Everest since 1996, when eight people died in a single blizzard. In this case, 16 Sherpas died in an avalanche, generating headlines around the world and an open discussion of the exploitation of Nepalese guides on the mountain — though it’s a subject that people have […]

Exploitation on Vacation

On of my favourite scenes in Hugh Lofting’s Doctor Dolittle books, a series by no means necessarily socially progressive or always right-on, is one in which the doctor’s sister catches him in one of the unsavoury parts of London while she’s out slumming. There’s a great moment between the two where the doctor’s wearing filthy […]

Medical Credit: Preying on the Vulnerable and Uninformed

The medical credit industry in the United States is booming, with a variety of programs offering financing for emergency, routine, and elective procedures. In some cases, clinics actively partner with these programs to offer in-house financing to patients, promising to take care of payment arrangements and administration as long as the patient signs along the […]

Exploitation Goes By Many Names

One of the consequences of the social devaluation of disability is the devaluation of care providers, at the same time they are lauded as brave and heroic for taking on the ‘burden’ of disability; this is seen especially starkly with parents of disabled children, who often encounter the attitude that they are superhuman for not […]