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 »

The Transcontinental Disability Choir: Disabililty Chic? (Temporary) Disability in Lady Gaga's "Paparazzi"

First, a confession: I want to like Lady Gaga and be able to enjoy her music, ideally as something of a pop confection–sweet, not very long-lasting, and ultimately disposable. As a person who listens to a wide (and admittedly weird) variety of music, this is something that I would like to... Read more »

Transcontinental Disability Choir: Disability: The Human Condition

I didn't realize that in my quest to be up on YA literature and be able to have thoughtful discussions with my Kid about her reading adventures that I would encounter something so wrought with this many problematic themes. Or that I would find it all wrapped up in the charming red ribbon of the... Read more »

The Transcontinental Disability Choir: How to make your blog accessible in five not-very-complicated steps

A lot of people tell me they want to make their blog more accessible, but they aren't really sure how to do that. I'll own right up front that most of the accessibility issues relating to websites and blogs don't directly affect me – I'm not blind, d/Deaf, and I don't have mobility issues that... Read more »

The Transcontinental Disability Choir: Glee-ful Appropriation

The much anticipated Very Special Disability Episode of Glee, “Wheels” aired last night. And already the rave reviews are flooding in. It’s “edgy,” it’s “a game changer,” it’s “controversial,” it’s “moving,” it’s “thought provoking.” Twitter is aflutter with... Read more »

The Transcontinental Disability Choir: What is Ableist Language and Why Should You Care?

Ableism is a central concept in disability rights. The term was originally popularized by Thomas Hehir, a special education scholar who defined it as "'the devaluation of disability' that 'results in societal attitudes that uncritically assert that... Read more »


Valuable Resources: The Ableist Fight Over Plastic Straws

Straws are easy to target, but cities and companies still rely on environmentally harmful practices. Read more »