disability

On Staring: Talking about art, disability studies, and the way we look.

“Swim 2” from “16 Portraits” by Chris Rush Professor Ann M. Fox and Jessica Cooley have now curated two art shows addressing disability. The first, Re/Formations featured five women artists exploring the... Read more »

The Biotic Woman: Ecopsychology

This weekend, the New York Times Magazine—a publication I admittedly adore—asked what I consider to be a very simple question: "Is There An Ecological Unconscious?" Should we be thankful when these issues are covered by... Read more »

Recommended reading on Sarah Palin's disability (lack)tivism

Seen the new cover of InTouchWeekly yet? I recommend chasing it with Kristina Chew’s article on Care2 speculating whether Palin will be covering disability rights on her new Fox position, and... Read more »

The Transcontinental Disability Choir: Hello, Goodbye

The time has come for the Transcontinental Disability Choir to say farewell, with a rousing thank you to Bitch for hosting us, and to the Bitch commenters who engaged with our posts and had such interesting thoughts and comments to add. Read more »

Transcontinental Disability Choir: Disability in Comics -- A Discussion

Comics haven't always been a bastion of feminist values, but they have given readers some fairly positive examples of characters with disabilities over the years. I've pulled together a brief list of characters who are more than just tropes meant to teach a Very Special Lesson. Read more »

The Transcontinental Disability Choir: A Wizard Did It!

One of the things that drives me just a little bit up the wall about disability in pop culture is when creators want to have a disabled character, but don’t want that character to have any of the actual consequences of being disabled. This plays out in one of two ways: Either the... Read more »

The Transcontinental Disability Choir: A Reconsideration of Tiny Tim, Charity, and the Good Cripple

A Christmas Carol, published in 1843, has become a Christmas classic. Chances are high that most of us have read it, read adaptations, seen it performed on stage, or seen it on film. In some households, people make A Christmas Carol a family tradition, and it's supposed to be a... Read more »

The Transcontinental Disability Choir: Art Imitating Life Imitating Art

Whenever someone starts talking about “crip-drag” - the slang term that basically means “currently non-disabled actor playing a disabled character” - the conversation tends to eventually (usually sooner, rather than later) turn to this: But but but! We shouldn’t accept a less-than-stellar... Read more »

The Transcontinental Disability Choir: Blue Roses: Reconsidering <I>The Glass Menagerie</I>

I was one of those major theater nerds in high school; my nerd-dom, however, did not usually translate to reading many well-regarded Classics of Theater. I did not read Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie until college, and, looking back, I would have read it much earlier, had such a thing been... Read more »

The Transcontinental Disability Choir: Disability Archetypes: Supercrip

"Wow, that is so inspiring!" "She has truly overcome her handicap." "You are so brave!" Do any of these exclamations sound familiar? They might, if you are a person with a disability who has been on the receiving end of "good intentions" that mask an unfortunately pervasive Western trope about... Read more »

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