Posts Tagged Disability Rights

Thank You Thursdays: Judi Chamberlin

Judi Chamberlin is the kind of civil rights leader you’ve probably never heard of. She passed away last week, so it’s beyond time that we honored her legacy of fighting for the rights of those with mental health issues to be treated with dignity and respect.
Her story began in the 60s when she was just 22, and involuntarily hospitalized for depression after a miscarriage. According to the NYT:

There was a lack of activity, of fresh air. There were seclusion rooms and wards for noncompliant patients, even those who were in no way violent. The drugs, which she said made her lethargic and affected her memory, seemed more intended to control than cure. And she could not sign herself ...

Judi Chamberlin is the kind of civil rights leader you’ve probably never heard of. She passed away last week, so it’s beyond time that we honored her legacy of fighting for the rights of those with mental ...

Psychiatry’s Bias Problem

The Association for Women in Psychology (AWP) is continually analyzing and advocating about bias, particularly gender-related, in psychiatric diagnosis, but they’ve got their eyes on the prize these days: the DSMV, set to be published in 2013. For those who aren’t familiar, the DSM, Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, is essentially the bible of psychiatry, the manual by which folks are diagnosed and prescribed treatment. As you probably already know, there have been various controversies about the ways in which disorder is defined and the ways in which various facets of personality, genetics, and a mix of the two are pathologized. There have been five revisions since the DSM was first published in 1952. Each version ...

The Association for Women in Psychology (AWP) is continually analyzing and advocating about bias, particularly gender-related, in psychiatric diagnosis, but they’ve got their eyes on the prize these days: the DSMV, set to be published in ...

The “myth of independence”

Mia Mingus, a friend and well-respected activist in a number of movements (including reproductive justice and disability justice, among others) recently posted some excerpts from talks she has given around the country.
I’ve heard her talk about this concept of interdependence and it has always struck a chord with me. While I am not disabled, and therefore have a very different relationship to these concepts of dependence and interdependence, I do know that as a feminist and a young person I struggle with these ideas as well. Independence is very much a force-fed American value, one that I find myself questioning all the time. I am appreciative of new ways of thinking and rethinking these concepts and how we ...

Mia Mingus, a friend and well-respected activist in a number of movements (including reproductive justice and disability justice, among others) recently posted some excerpts from talks she has given around the country.
I’ve heard her talk ...

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 ...

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