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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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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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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A set of wooden stairs that appear to be going up a hiking track surrounded by large rocks and leafs
AbleismAccessibilityHealthcare IndustrySkepticism

Why the Medical Model of Disability is Harmful

Over the years, many different models for looking at the impact and experience of disability have been collated. Some of these are accurate, and others, not so much. Few models, however, inspire such burning indignation as the medical model of disability. For those who are unaware, the medical model of …

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A female symbol (circle with attached perpendicular intersecting lines) where the circle acts as the wheel of a traditional handicapped sign. The inside of the wheel has a red "power" hand
AbleismFeminismIntersectional IssuesSkepticism

Worth Less or Why Disabled People Don’t Matter But Should

The original of this post can be found on Scribbles and Rants, Ania’s personal blog.  In my fights for women’s rights, I have been startled to see how often the issue had an important element of disability activism. Take abortion rights and access to birth control.  I am under consideration …

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