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Ooooh this is so great! I’ve been waiting to see it come to fruition. @TempleUnivPress is officially launching #DisColor an academic book series on #race, #racism, #disability & #ableism with editors @JulieMinich, Cindy Wu & Nirmala Erevelles!

tupress.temple.edu/series/S-200
These editors are excelllent humans who have long term investments in the field, who have themselves been innovators in critical race disability theory. My book heart (& manuscript) is with @lizault & @DukePress, but others should seriously consider publishing in this series!
I plan to read every book in this series. I really think it’s gonna be that good.
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I’m sure what I think of this. I read three articles in it (will link as a thread) & I remain unsure how much of this is journalistic spin/interpretation. I just don’t think of the double as evil after my viewing of the film, it’s way more complicated than that...
Variety short piece: variety.com/video/lupita-n…
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Oh PETA wants to go? Let’s go. Thread on why their campaign is ableist & their tokenization of a single disabled person is also, surprise, ableist.
The ad campaign in the mall featuring a disabled man, who is apparently an activist with PETA, relies on the ableist notion that disability is nothing but suffering & pain.
Rather than critiquing, for instance, our culture’s obsession w/ cure at all costs which has “justified” animal cruelty, PETA chose to perpetuate ableist ideas about disabled ppl suffering due to their disability alone & not because of some combination of oppression & bodyminds.
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I need someone with time & skills to do a detailed discourse analysis of the responses to @SelmaBlair’s #OscarAwards look on social media. It for now here’s my quick morning take, a thread particularly for nondisabled folks.
Among my #DisabilityRights, #disabilityjustice & #disabilitystudies comrades, there’s excitement about the power of representation. Blair’s look, like hashtags #DisabledAndCute & #DisabledPeopleAreHot, demonstrate disabled bodyminds & accoutrements like canes can be attractive
However, some of the general comments on images & stories of Blair, while seemingly “positive,” are DEEPLY #ableist in that they rely on notions of bravery, pity, overcoming & shock at the attractiveness of a disabled bodyminds. Let’s break down the problems with each response.
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Just heard about #puppetgate.
I’m autistic. I’ve done my share of acting. I love puppets and puppetry.
I do *not* like whatever the hell that grey goblin thing is supposed to be. Whatever it is, it’s not supposed to be human, but you know, I guess that’s the entire point.
Society already sees us as subhuman. Like we don’t have joys and pleasures, or if we do, we’re told not to enjoy them and not to express that joy. They shock us into acting normal because if we don’t, we get ostracised for our autism. Not our ‘autistic traits’, out autism.
So every day we act. We act normal. We act neurotypical. We act allistic. We act like we don’t care about superheroes or anime or Disney or space or whatever SI all that much. We act like certain textures don’t bother us, when they do. We act like we don’t samefood, which we do.
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Thread alert! If you want to learn more in #disabilitystudies there are a lot of open access resources. Let’s start with Disability Studies Quarterly (dsq-sds.org), one of the leading journals in the field, which is 100% open access.
Other open acces journals include Disability in the Global South (dgsjournal.org) & Review of Disability Studies (with a delay: rds.hawaii.edu)
I personally link to my articles on my website & anything that is behind a paywall I put up as soon as I’m allowed under the publishing contract. I particularly recommend the convo between @JulieMinich, Jina B. Kim & me in the open access journal Lateral.

samischalk.com/articles/
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I don’t have all the words for it yet, but if you don’t have Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha (@brownstargirl)’s new book Care Work, you need to go buy it right now. Now. Especially if you are disabled or a person of color or a femme or all of the above. It is...exceptional.
It reminds me of the intensely political, personal, fierce, healing writing of 80s WOC feminists like Audre Lorde & Gloria Anzaldúa. This book is intellectually & emotionally powerful. I’m buying copies for friends. I’m so blown away, so moved—truly a game changing collection.
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Annoyed thread: A person named Kris Lint, who has left a whopping 327 comments on the SyFy channel’s website, decided to write an extended comment on my interview on #disability & scifi about how he can’t think of one #disabled person who knows who wouldn’t “jump for a cure.”
Kris says disabilities aren’t things people want, just things people are forced to overcome. Kris says no parent wants a disabled child.
Kris then proceeded to say I’m ignorant for thinking tech should aim to create a more #accessible world rather than focus exclusively on cure. If anyone out there knows Kris Lint, leading commenter on the SyFy channel website, please tell them to kindly fuck all of the way off.
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Read this brief thread & the conversation that follows. How does the #bodypositivity movement perpetuate #ableism & exclude #disabled people? Whose bodies & abilities do we value & whose do we still deem not suitable for public life?
Also, if you’re not familiar with it, I highly recommend reading @miamingus’s “Moving Toward the Ugly: A Politic Beyond Desirability”

leavingevidence.wordpress.com/2011/08/22/mov…
Unrelated: My phone autocorrected “Beyond” to “Beyonce” twice so that tells you a little bit about me...
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Can we for real make #collectyourcousins a thing? Black folks are constantly collecting their cousins bc 1 black person acting a fool can have far reaching consequences for all of us. White folks don’t seem to feel as implicated by the failures or foolishness of other white folks
I propose #collectyourcousins as a call to allies to come respond to racist (sexist, cissexist, ableist, homophobic) comments by similarly identified people. White women collecting white women. Straight men collecting straight men. Cis folks collecting cis folks.
The appeal of #collectyourcousins in two-fold for me. 1: Privileged folks often respond defensively especially to marginalized folks calling them on such privilege or ignorance. They have a harder time being dismissive of folks with shared identities.
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I’m working on a book on #ableism, but the best way to know what it is and how it impacts people is to know disabled people.

Who are some of the disabled people you follow on Twitter?

(Please do not include parents of disabled people. They aren’t disabled.)
To clarify, I’m asking because I want all of us to follow more disabled people, myself included. Not all ableism is rooted in ignorance, but some is. Knowing disabled people helps abled people know better (in theory, at least, not always in practice).
I wasn’t really looking for volunteers to help with this project, but I will definitely be in touch with those of you who have offered! I am disabled but the disabled community is so diverse that I know my perspectives and experiences aren’t universal.
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A5. I was super-annoyimg about whether to disclose once I reached acceptance of my situation.

So I wrote about it on my small business blog. And people embraced me so warmly. #spooniechat
A5. I learned that a LOT of people are disabled entrepreneurs and hiding it. #Ableism is that strong. The culture is that focused on working yourself into an early grave.

I feel compelled and happy to help if I can.

#SpoonieChat
A5. #SpoonieChat helped me so much.
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Confused about person-first language? Is it acceptable or not? Here's a brief history on PFL and how it went from etiquette to ableism: #pfl #ableism #acutallyautistic
In 1983, at the dawn of the AIDS crisis, a brave group of activists stood up at a health conference and made a declaration which would later be known as The Denver Principles. It was a profound treatise on human rights in the medical profession which lives on to this day.
The Denver Principles opens with "We condemn attempts to label us as "victims," a term which implies defeat, and we are only occasionally "patients," a term which implies passivity, helplessness, and dependence upon the care of others. We are "People With AIDS."
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When fighting Ableism, straw bans, inaccessibility, or the general oppression of society, I am uncomfortable that we tend to resort to, "What if you/your kid/your spouse/your friend/family member was disabled & needed this?"

It paints disability as something negative & to fear.
We can, or should be able to, state our truth, or the existence of others' truths, without relying on using hypothetical scenarios that target subconscious negative views and beliefs held by society. #Disabled #DisabledTwitter #StrawBan #Ableism #FightWithoutFears
And just a reminder aside that simulations of disability and disabled life are often harmful, and have been scientifically shown to have a negative impact on an individual's view regarding disability and life with one. #Disabled #DisabledTwitter #FightWithoutFear
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[food]

A really weird thing about #MCAS is that I can eat a food and be fine, but if I eat leftovers of the exact same food a day or two later I'm ... not fine

Before I knew abt MCAS, I thought I was just immunosuppressed and reacting to bacteria other people could tolerate
This is sort of true, actually

I was probably reacting to the products of microbes breaking down food

More on the science of that here

#MCAS

mastattack.org/2017/10/mastat…
[food]

When I have a bad MCAS reaction, it looks a LOT like food poisoning

I won't go into the gory details, but at my worst I need IV fluids and prescription strength anti-nausea meds (which happen to also treat anaphylaxis like symptom)
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#storytime: [Thread] The dark sides of “social” enterprises - #Ableism in disguise

The other day, I was referred to the owner a social enterprise in order to apply job in my profession. The org seemed impressed by my portfolio and I eventually got invited to a job interview.
It all sounded promising and I was excited to meet with the company. Everything went well until they asked about my expectations. I was a bit surprised, since I was already in the job interview, but I highlighted that I’m looking for employment or at least continuous remote work.
Much to my shock, the only thing this organization had to offer was a “sheltered workshop”, where I would be working for free and maybe one day, some employer might hire me on a subsidized job, where I can only be paid minimum wage.
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