Posts Tagged Disability Rights

Guest Post: The Deal with Disability, Claiming Our Lives

Guest Post by Eva Sweeney
In the 1970’s, the women’s liberation movement pushed for women to stand up for themselves. The leaders told women to demand higher pay, more equality in their relationships, and more control over their bodies. This stance was not easy for some women because they were brought up- and society reinforced them- to be quiet, passive, complacent people. However, because so many women stood up, both on a small scale (to their employers, family, and partners), and on a much larger scale (by demanding equal rights, marching, boycotting, and speaking publicly), great strides for women’s equality were made. Pay increased, there were safe birth control options, and more laws were made to protect women from ...

Guest Post by Eva Sweeney
In the 1970’s, the women’s liberation movement pushed for women to stand up for themselves. The leaders told women to demand higher pay, more equality in their relationships, and more control over ...

Avatar: Count the “isms”

Spoiler alert.
Saturday night, I watched James Cameron’s Avatar in 3-D. James Cameron spent thirteen years of production time to produce special effects and animation realistic enough to fulfill his lifelong dream of making this movie. But to add insult to injury, Cameron’s long wait time before production is because Avatar is the most “realistic” human resemblance. If “technology has never looked so human in film”, then caricatures of indigenous people have never before been so blatant.
Annalee Newitz, of i09.com, asked “When Will White People Stop Making Movies Like Avatar?

“It’s a fantasy about race told from the point of view of white people. Avatar and scifi films like it give us the opportunity ...

Spoiler alert.
Saturday night, I watched James Cameron’s Avatar in 3-D. James Cameron spent thirteen years of production time to produce special effects and animation realistic enough to fulfill his lifelong dream of making ...

Not Oprah’s Book Club: Holiday Round Up

As they say, it’s always “too many books, too little time.” But the holiday season is a time when a) you often get to slow down and actually devour a great novel in one sitting fireside, and b) you get to give books to all the special people in your life. Or maybe I’m just a huge nerd. In any case, here are a range of books that have been sitting on my shelves looking awesome that I thought I’d tell you about in preparation for holiday reading and gifting:
First off: Are We Feeling Better Yet?: Women Speak About Health Care in America by Colleen McKee and Amanda Stiebel. Could there be more relevant reading right about now? ...

As they say, it’s always “too many books, too little time.” But the holiday season is a time when a) you often get to slow down and actually devour a great novel in one sitting fireside, and ...

Guest Post: Mothering and Disability

For me, to be a woman with a disability, cerebral palsy, means to journey outside of the ramifications of femininity and fertility. The sexualization of the handicapped body is taboo. My sex life cannot be normal, it must exist for others as: a fetish, an impossibility or, at best, a co-habitation with another disabled body. As much as a women with a disability cannot be considered a whore, nor does she fit into the stereotypical mother role.
The birth of my son was planned, a September 11th baby. When I first learned that I was pregnancy nervousness over pain and ignorance about structure of my body led me to desire a scheduled c-section. The doctor where I had my first ...
For me, to be a woman with a disability, cerebral palsy, means to journey outside of the ramifications of femininity and fertility. The sexualization of the handicapped body is taboo. My sex life cannot be normal, it ...

Gov’t reports underestimate rape rates of women and people with disabilities

Lynn Hecht Schafran and Jillian Weinberger of Legal Momentum (a women’s legal defense and education fund) say that recent reports from the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) underestimate the number of rapes among persons with disabilities and women.
Schafran and Weinberger point specifically to two reports, Crime Against Persons with Disabilities (2007) and Female Victims of Violence (2008), arguing that the methodology for both were flawed.
Crime Against Persons with Disabilities, for example, excluded institutionalized people with disabilities – a huge omissions considering that sexual assault and abuse happen at extremely high rates in institutional settings. Schafran and Weinberger also note that the statistic in the report related to reporting abuse ...

Lynn Hecht Schafran and Jillian Weinberger of Legal Momentum (a women’s legal defense and education fund) say that recent reports from the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) underestimate the number of ...

Follow Up on Disability Rights Dialogue

As many of you know, a group of disability rights activists organized to call us out on our lack of coverage on disability issues and ongoing problem with ableist language at Feministing (sometimes on the part of editors, but mostly popping up in the comments sections). Some ableist language that I used in this post was the proverbial straw that broke the camel’s back. I apologized, pointing out that I really don’t know enough about the field of disability rights and activism and want to learn more. And Miriam jumped on board to serve as another representative of Feministing who was interested in forwarding the dialogue about this intersection and it’s presence or lack there of on our ...

As many of you know, a group of disability rights activists organized to call us out on our lack of coverage on disability issues and ongoing problem with ableist language at Feministing (sometimes on the part ...

Spot the Ableist Assholes

Via FAIL Blog:

Wow, seriously? Spot the disabled kids on campus and win free shit! This is right up there with Shoot the Freak in terms of sophistication and ethics. It’s not only wildly misguided, but dehumanizing.
I don’t what university it originates from, but someone needs to check their Disability Resource Office. Maybe they could run a contest called “Spot the Assholes” where students take pictures of the administrators and win tuition waivers.

Via FAIL Blog:

Wow, seriously? Spot the disabled kids on campus and win free shit! This is right up there with Shoot the Freak in terms of sophistication and ethics. It’s not only wildly misguided, ...

The Feministing Five: Patty Berne

Patricia Berne is the Co-Founder and Director of Sins Invalid, a San Francisco theater company that blends performance and art with the political vision of a more just and equal world. The goal of the company is to challenge and reshape the public’s ideas about people with disabilities and other traditionally marginalized groups. Focusing particularly on disability justice, their performances resist the framing of the company members’ bodies as “less-than,” simply by putting those bodies on stage. “It’s the most basic claiming of voice and claiming of space by creating beautiful work with political grounding,” Berne says.
Berne, who believes that performance and other forms of cultural work play a crucial role in movement building, has dedicated ...

Patricia Berne is the Co-Founder and Director of Sins Invalid, a San Francisco theater company that blends performance and art with the political vision of a more just and equal world. The goal of ...

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