The Ableism of Western Masculinity-August 21, 2018. Some traits associated with masculinity, such as physical strength and independence, are only achievable for men who are able-bodied. I therefore argue here that many of the characteristics of masculinity in the western world are ableist.
Why Straw Bans Are About More Than Straws-July 31, 2018. The proposed straw bans by some municipalities and companies have seemingly left out the needs of many people with disabilities. I explain in this post why leaving out the needs of disabled people goes well beyond straws.
Some Subtle Ways that People with Mobility Issues Aren’t Accommodated-April 3, 2018. After experiencing some time with limited mobility (a hurt ankle), I discuss some ways that people with mobility issues aren’t accommodated.
Aziz Ansari, #MeToo and the Problem of Empathy-January 23, 2018. I share a blog from Emily Sullivan Sanford on the lack of coverage on sexual violence against people with developmental disabilities. This shared post is also in the section for “Sexual Violence.”
Forced Intimacy: An Ableist Norm-November 28, 2017. Here, I share a post from blogger and activist Mia Mingus to describe what she calls forced intimacy, or “the common, daily experience of disabled people being expected to share personal parts of ourselves to survive in an ableist world.”
Why the Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act Felt Bittersweet-August 22, 2017. In this post, I discuss how the 27th anniversary of the ADA, which happened a few weeks before this post, felt bittersweet because the United States is far from eliminating ableism.
Waste Disposal: Where Ableism, Economic Injustice, and Environmental Injustice Meet Up-July 18, 2017. I use this post to discuss how many municipalities give little accessibility to places that handle certain kinds of waste. This lack of accessibility is a problem of ableism, economic injustice, and environmental injustice. Please note that this piece is also in the sections for environmental injustice and economic injustice.
The Ableism of Internet Map Directions-May 23, 2017. I use this post to discuss why map directions provided by the likes of Google, Bing, and Yahoo are ableist. Namely, none of these internet map providers give people an option for wheelchair-friendly directions.