disability

Transcontinental Disability Choir: 9021-Oh No!

Full disclosure: I am a 90210 junkie. I've seen every episode of the original Beverly Hills 90210 at least twice and sometimes feel I remember their high school experiences more clearly than my own. So of course I watched the newly revived 90210 when it premiered last year. Putting aside the... Read more »

The Transcontinental Disability Choir: I Promise You Haven't Heard This One Before

Come, sit, let me tell you a story. It’s 100% original and has never ever been used before and doesn’t have any societal baggage attached to it. Also, I’m lying. But let me tell it to you anyway. Once, not all that long ago, there was a dramatic story to be told! And that... Read more »

The Transcontinental Disability Choir: Pride & Prejudice & Ableism

There's only one good reason to add blatant ableism to not one but two Jane Austen monster mashups: Because you know that the audience will appreciate and enjoy it. I certainly wouldn't accuse either Grahame-Smith or Winters of vast cultural sensitivity, not least because of the horrific racism... Read more »

The Transcontinental Disability Choir: Disability Archetypes: The Good Cripple

So, how can we get pop culture to start depicting disability more honestly? How can we get pop culture to start pushing away from these tropes and exploring fuller disabled characters? Read more »

Transcontinental Disability Choir: We're not looking for Pity: The Trouble With Poster Children

I am just so proud that the Academy Awards gave the man who said “if you don’t want to be pitied for being a cripple in a wheelchair, don’t come out of the house” a humanitarian award for being so good and giving to those wretched disabled children! I do hope that everyone gives money... Read more »

The Transcontinental Disability Choir: True Blood: Sookie Stackhouse, Telepathy, and Disability

But the reason I looked forward to True Blood is because the Sookie Stackhouse novels feature a disabled heroine. And, as a person with disabilities, that is something that I do not get to see very often. Despite the fact that we make up an estimated 20% of the population, our... Read more »

Transcontinental Disability Choir: Emo - a hip way to police emotional expression

"Emo" means a whole lot of things in a whole lot of contexts. It's a musical genre. It's a style, with... Read more »

The Transcontinental Disability Choir: Four Ways To Do It Right

I get asked all the time to evaluate some work or another on whether or not it does disability “right”. This is a bit of a problem, of course - despite having opinions (a lot of them, according to someone in my thesis course), I haven’t always seen the work in question. Also, my tastes don... Read more »

The Transcontinental Disability Choir: Popular Songs That Get Disability (Mostly) Right

Since my last post on the Bitch Social Commentary blog was a (rather long) analysis of Lady Gaga’s “Paparazzi” video and the problematic representation of disability issues... Read more »

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