Category Archives: Disabled Rights & Issues

Those damn, hypersensitive minorities

A letter from 1943 about hypersensitive black people: We feel you may be inviting trouble if you use colored characters in the comic at this time. Experience has shown us that we have to be awfully careful about any comics … Continue reading

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Microaggressions

My wife pointed me to an excellent, if infuriating, blog last night, and I was up until 2 AM reading through it. Microaggressions is a blog about the little daily fuck-yous that populate the world if your race, gender, ethnicity, … Continue reading

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The Race and Class of Schizophrenia

Back in January, Nojojojo made a post on her livejournal that I found insightful. I asked her for permission to share it with Alas readers which she granted–and I apologize for not getting to it before now. Nojojojo quotes Melissa … Continue reading

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Happy New Year!

So it’s the time of New Year’s resolutions (and if you live in Wellington grumbling about the weather).* The newspapers didn’t have much copy over the last couple of weeks, so they were full of: “50 ways to be healthier … Continue reading

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Ableism in Workshop Advice: "There are Worse Things Than Death…"

There’s something that gets bandied about a lot in workshops when people are talking to newbies. “You don’t have to kill your characters to up the stakes,” they say. “There are worse things that can happen to people than death.” … Continue reading

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Why Not to Use the Word Lame: I Think I'm Starting to Get It

Another progressive blogger and I have had a few discussions about how we don’t see the word “lame” as really a big deal. However, we both concluded, it wasn’t really our fight and the stakes weren’t as high for us … Continue reading

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New Jersey Man Beaten By Cops For "Wandering" While Black

From WPIX: PASSAIC, N.J. (WPIX) – A police officer in New Jersey, captured on surveillance tape viciously beating a mentally ill man, has been reassigned while an investigation into the incident is underway. Passaic cop Joseph J. Rios III, a … Continue reading

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Ableist Language – replacement suggestions from the Hand Mirror

Ampersand and I have periodically discussed the issue of ableist language. We’d both like to do better about purging some of the words that infest our vocabulary. In particular, the word “lame” has a tendency to creep into our statements, … Continue reading

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Fox's "Glee," the stereotyping of fat black women, and making friends with the loser kid in the wheelchair

I’m getting sick of the-popular-kids-are-better-at-geek-stuff-than-the-geeks trope, which stinks of noblesse oblige. And there are a zillion other things wrong here. But I’ll still be giving this show a try, because I’m that much of a sucker for anything resembling a … Continue reading

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Some parents complain that disabled TV host "scares children"

From The Independent: Disparaging comments by adults about a children’s presenter have led to an angry backlash in support of Cerrie Burnell, the 29-year-old CBeebies host who was born missing the lower section of her right arm. One man said … Continue reading

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