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 …

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
FeminismIntersectional Issues

Why Disability is a Feminist Issue

TW for discussions of Rape Because the likelihood of having my symptoms taken seriously is increased if I present male Because the statistics on the risk of sexual assault and rape for people with disabilities have been listed as high as 80%. Because I’ve been told that my rape doesn’t …

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 …

Intersectional IssuesPersonal Stories

First World Solutions

First World Solutions I’ve seen the featured image show up on my facebook feed a few times now. The featured image states, “Annual deaths caused by the [sic] ALS: 5,600. Annual deaths caused by lack of access to clean water: 3,400,000.” The text is superimposed over an image of a …

The author holding up a box from 23andMe.
Healthcare IndustryIntersectional IssuesPersonal Stories

23andMe Inflammatory Bowel Disease Study

When I was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease, I had never even heard of it before. In the 2 1/2 years since then, I’ve made quite a few friends who also have Crohn’s Disease. It’s nice to have a group of friends who have the same disease you do, and thanks …

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 …

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 …

Female Symbol with a Red Fist in the Circle. The circle is also the wheel in a classic handicapped sign.
AbleismIntersectional Issues

Poverty and Disability

((This is another post that was published on my personal blog Scribbles and Rants. Since it was written, I have been approved for ODSP (Ontario Disability Support Payments) and so my situation is somewhat improved.)) The other day, I spent an hour and a half on the phone with the …

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Supreme Court Sides with Hobby Lobby

Some depressing news. The Supreme Court has ruled 5-4 that women are not entitled to prevent the health consequences of pregnancy (or other disorders that call for hormonal regulation). In my family, the mothers typically have some degree of moderate hearing loss. The reason for this, my mother learned a …

An image of Paul Corby, the 25 year old man who needs a heart transplant. He is wearing a white shirt and holding his hand up to show off a book he wrote.
AbleismHealthcare IndustryIntersectional IssuesPersonal Stories

Organ Transplant Discrimination Against People With Disabilities

A 25 year old man named Paul Corby who has never smoked, drank, and is otherwise healthy except for a congenital heart defect that his father died from at age 27. The only way he will survive is by getting a heart transplant. However, Paul has been denied the transplant due …