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Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Politics of Labels

I've been having a lot of discussions lately about the relevance of labels and the issues with some labels versus others.  It's a topic that directly affects a lot of people so naturally discussions can become somewhat heated, but I felt the need to share my thoughts.



Saturday, 17 December 2016

Speechless and Media Representation

Anyone who knows me well knows I have a lot to say on the topic of the importance and positive impact of diverse and accurate media representation,  As a kid growing up disabled, I didn't see many (if any) positive and realistic representations of disability that weren't tokenistic (appeared in one episode then disappeared with no further mention), or inspiration fodder for non-disabled viewers.  So it makes sense that I grew up feeling like disability is a bad thing and that I needed to do whatever I could to appear able-bodied as I could - often to my own detriment.

I often get told I expect too much, that I'm too 'politically correct' or that I look for the flaws in everything and will never be satisfied with anything in terms of media.  Personally I think it's more important that everyone views media critically, but that's an issue for another day.  I'm here to say that I've found a show that gets disability representation right and it's brilliant and I love it!




Thursday, 24 November 2016

An Update...

I've been a bit quiet on the blog front lately, and while I plan and wish to maintain a presence on here, my posts will continue to be sporadic, but there's good reason for that, as I will explain...



Sunday, 25 September 2016

The 'Other' side

Some terms that often come up in sociology and social justice discussion is that of 'Other' and and 'marginalisation'.  I've talked a little bit about marginalisation in previous posts, and Othering is essentially the same, though in my interpretation encompasses more of the individual interactions and ableism.  However the differing interpretations of different people based on different experiences can make working out solutions tricky...


Sunday, 14 August 2016

Awesome in Theory...

It's nice when you can solve all the world's problems around the dinner table right?  Unfortunately life is a little more complicated than that...

Sunday, 31 July 2016

The B Word

In my last post, I wrote about the book turned movie Me Before You and all the problematic messages that it sends.  Today I want to write a little more about just how widespread the messages and societal beliefs represented in the movie are.

Don't get me wrong here.  I'm not laying all the blame on this one single movie.  Movies and any form of media do not exist in a vacuum.  The ideas and messages within the movie reflect ideas and messages within society and replicate them.  The fact that the movie was so mainstream and widely popularised made it more of an issue however.  But the real problem as I pointed out in my previous post, is that it's just another in a long line of these kinds of narratives in entertainment media.  I'm not here to labour this point though.  What I really want to do today is unpack a bit more the word BURDEN and everything around it and the power it contains.  This is a very emotionally charged word and topic for me, so I apologise in advance if this post gets rambly.



Sunday, 10 July 2016

Me Before Ableism

Hello readers

I return after an unscheduled hiatus as a result of an unfortunate combination of end of uni semester assignment overload, a bout of illness, and general burnout.  I all but abandoned my post theme for June as well.  I have one post in the works for it, but I'm not sure if I'm ready to release it to the interwebs yet... or ever.  I might come back to that theme again in the future.

But today I come to you with a post that kind of relates to that topic, but also more pressing matters and it's a matter I can't hold my tongue on any longer - not that I have on my personal social media accounts, but that's neither here nor there.  I'm still angry and upset.



Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Sex and Disability

Content warning: This post is very much Not Safe for Work.  For obvious reasons

Put this up top of most awkward and unwelcome conversations that disabled people get asked a ridiculous amount of times:
"Can you... like... you know... ?"
And every time, I grit my teeth and hope they're not going to ask what they're very obviously going to ask, and I try not to roll my eyes too hard as they try (and generally fail) to discreetly make rude gestures so they don't have to say the words...
"have SEX"