Stella Young holds a beer, wearing a shirt that says "inspiration boner killer."
AbleismFeaturedFeminismPersonal Stories

My Tribute to Stella Young

The loss of Stella Young, a prominent 32 year old disability activist, writer, and comedian this weekend will leave a considerable gap in the landscape of disability advocates. Whilst those who knew the young woman personally will undoubtedly feel her loss, so too, will the great number of young disabled …

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AbleismFeaturedPersonal Stories

Missing the bookcase for the forest

I’m on a new medication as of July. It’s working really well, only after I was on it for a few weeks, I started to have a lot of muscle stiffness, cramping and spasticity, including pharyngeolaryngeal pain. A lot more than usual. This is part and parcel to my underlying …

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The number of zoloft ads I saw didn't fight the stigma I had attached to anti-depressants
AbleismPersonal StoriesSkepticism

A Story and a Confession

TW: self harm, suicide, depression, forced institutionalization, abuse. (author’s note: I have to be honest, I wrote the first draft of this blog post several weeks ago but had so much trouble bringing myself to proofread it that I’ve just been sitting on it ever since. Writing this proved to …

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Ania in a wheelchair being pushed by partner Alex at WiS2
AbleismFeminismIntersectional Issues

Where Ableism and Fat Shaming Collide

Earlier SpasticFantastic posted a great article calling out Takei on sharing an ableist joke for which he later apologized. The joke centered around a picture of a woman standing from a wheelchair, with the caption “A miracle has occurred in the alcohol isle”. SpasticFantastic did a great takedown of the …

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Kanye West, performing at a concert.
AbleismAccessibilityIntersectional IssuesSkepticism

Kanye West and Fake Disability Activists

In case you haven’t heard, at a recent concert, Kanye West told everyone in the crowd to stand up, “unless you got a handicap pass and you get special parking and shit.” He spotted two people who remained sitting, and one raised a prosthetic limb in the air, to which …

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AbleismFeatured

Ray Rice and Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy: #WhyIStayed

Ray Rice is an American football player who has been in the news this week for punching his fiancee in the face and knocking her unconscious in February of 2014. She later married him that March and continues to defend her husband to this day. Rice has been kicked out …

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Ableism

Me and My Derp Cat

I have a derp cat. Her name is [redacted], but I call her derp cat, because she’s quite derpy. She’s my cat’s sister, and technically, she is not mine, but I feed her and I care for her, and she spends most of her time up in my apartment. If …

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Ania's right hand with an IV in it flipping off the camera.
AbleismHealthcare IndustryIntersectional IssuesPersonal Stories

Politics in the ER: Five ways Doctors Decide You Are a Drug Seeker

On June 26th, I had my gallbladder removed in an attempt to lessen the frequency with which I get pancreatitis. For those unfamiliar, pancreatitis is a condition where for some reason, bile and digestive enzymes back up into the pancreas causing inflammation and pain. In a colloquial sense, my pancreas …

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A picture of George Takei looking shocked with a space-like background.
AbleismRepresentation

It’s No Longer Okay to Emulate Takei

I’m sure you’re all familiar with actor and director, George Takei. First famed for his role as Hikaru Sulu in Star Trek, the Japanese-American actor has turned social-media sensation, and activist for social justice, after coming out as gay in his later years. Like most people, I found great enjoyment in …

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A drawing of people in front of two buildings. On the left is a dark-colored building that says "Pharmacy," with people looking dark, dirty, and miserable in front of it. On the right is a building that says "Health Food Store," and the sun is shining behind it with people walking out, holding bags of vegetables, looking cheerful and bright.
AbleismHealthcare IndustryIntersectional IssuesPseudoscience & alt medSkepticism

Food is NOT Medicine

In the spring of 2012, two major events happened in my life. First, I went vegan. Then, about two weeks later, I was officially diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease. Since I’m lactose intolerant, cutting out dairy helped with my symptoms, but since I started being treated with real medicine around the …

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