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 »

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 »