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Academic. Pleasure activist. Author of #BodymindsReimagined & #BlackDisabilityPolitics. She/her. Agent: @CCMNTSpeakers
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Feb 3 9 tweets 3 min read
Ok there are hundreds of responses to this & it truly helped me not waiver in what felt like a clear “just give up on this one moment” so I’m gonna thread some of my favorite replies.
Feb 2 6 tweets 2 min read
A person I’ve been on 5 or 6 dates with over 3 months just texted: “I'm going to be completely honest with you, you are a beautiful woman, but I don't know how to handle you so it's intimidating.”

What the fuck am I supposed to say to that? Follow up: apparently he doesn’t feel confident with me because he’s not as sexually experienced, especially in regard to kink. Sorry (not sorry) for being a hot brilliant accomplished kinky slut?! Whatever. Who’s next in line? Offer your tributes.
Jan 31 4 tweets 1 min read
*People on SNL do Wisconsin accents*

People from Wisconsin: THEY DIDN’T DO IT RIGHT

Me: I mean… Do you think politicians & celebrities being satirized on the show are like “Yup. Dead on. Can’t even tell the difference between that & the real thing”? lol I’m honestly just amused whenever Wisconsin is being referred to for something other than shit politics.
Jan 15 7 tweets 2 min read
Alright I got consent from the guy involved who follows me even 15 years later and admits he was an ass for the way this went down (his words!) so let’s remember we were horny dumb 20 & 21/22 year olds. Context: he was my barista at Starbucks over winter break. First time I ever left my number for a guy. He called me that night and I met him for ice cream—immediately smitten. But he’s super Christian & not having sex…
Jan 12 6 tweets 2 min read
200 mil adults.
61 mil already disabled.
60 mil COVID cases that we know of given how difficult testing access is.
800k deaths & counting (& that’s just COVID not folks dying from other things and/or bc they can’t or are afraid to go to the hospital RN)… THEN: How many people will have new or worsened disabilities unrelated to COVID bc of lack of access to medical care & surgery bc hospitals are full? …
Nov 7, 2021 5 tweets 4 min read
Please elevate the story of #EngraciaFigueroa, a disabled Afro-Latina woman who died from injuries sustained by not having her wheelchair after @united destroyed hers. This is a #BlackLivesMatter issue. Anti- ableism must be part of our work.… Neglect is harmful yall! Removing the things we need to live is violent, disabled or not. It is allowing our death while blaming our bodyminds for being what they are. I’ve only seen #DisabilityTwitter folks talking about this & many not using #BLM but #BlackDisabledLivesMatter!
Nov 6, 2021 4 tweets 2 min read
Yall #WereHereHBO has a fucking HOLD on me. Literally therapeutic for my small town raised queer emotional ass. Every single episode has me WEEEEPING. @thatonequeen, @itsSHANGELA, @eurekaohara & their team have created a truly remarkably authentic, good queer show. Basic summary: They go into small towns & do drag shows with local queer & allied people. You witness the visible impact on individuals and communities. A powerful reminder that we are everywhere & that loving queer community is vital to our wellbeing.
Oct 7, 2021 5 tweets 1 min read
OMG I watched one episode of the new Marie Kondo series, got super jazzed to clean & organize my house for like 2 hours then was like “fuck this is exhausting” & went back to watching TV. I know myself, this cycle will repeat until I finish the series. After the first series I went did a deep cleanse of my wardrobe & I continue to do regular closet purges, but I really struggle to apply the methods to the rest of my house. I feel like my house is 30% unfinished projects most of the time.
Oct 5, 2021 6 tweets 2 min read
My social justice lit students discussed the proposed ban on anti-sexism & anti-racism education & the potential effects as part of a creative writing workshop. We read the bill & some of the letters of support & opposition then imagined a world 10 years from now if it passed. We worked out a bunch of details of the world including key events that would happen: student protests, underground GWS classes, professors being surveilled, & a legislative controlled board that has to approve all readings & assignments for UW Madison classes.
Oct 5, 2021 5 tweets 1 min read
3 year anniversary of when, at a campus show, Michael Kosta told a thinly veiled rape joke, mocked the Me Too movement by claiming he’s going to teach his daughter to profit off sexual harassment accusations, used pussy as an insult repeatedly, & told feminists to suck his dick… I booed loudly at the last one out of pure exhaustion with his shitty set. He not only spoke back to me from the stage, but he also felt the need to air his hurt feelings to his followers. He said multiple times in his set that it’s a hard time to be a straight white man. Screenshot of a tweet from ...
Oct 4, 2021 6 tweets 1 min read
I’m beginning the process of getting permanent surgical birth control, likely a tubal ligation. I’m so excited. I can’t wait to never worry about getting pregnant ever again. Today my doctor made the referral to gynecology. Just getting that appointment will take weeks. From there I will hopefully be able to schedule surgery which will take several more weeks. This was just step 2 (step one was scheduling this appointment to get the referral).
Oct 3, 2021 10 tweets 2 min read
The parent friends in my life don’t force their kids to engage with adults & I enthusiastically support it by responding positively, with gratitude, when a child chooses to wave or high five me instead of a hug. I affirm that all the ways they choose to engage with me are good. Even when kids are feeling shy or angry & hid behind parents I will still say bye & that it was nice to see them because it was. Shaming kids, or anyone, for not being in the mood or not having the capacity to perform certain social etiquette norms is damaging & frankly ableist.
Sep 29, 2021 5 tweets 1 min read
Another student with COVID. We’re in week 4. I’ve had 6 students of 100 now test positive, most of whom disclosed to me that they were vaccinated. I’ve had just as many students have to miss class because of exposure or COVID symptoms while they waited on test results. I’ve basically thrown out any attendance policy & have my classes taking collaborative notes for absent students to look at in lieu of trying to livestream discussions which is impossible without really good tech.
Sep 29, 2021 5 tweets 2 min read
Not Lizzo’s team releasing a bunch of Rumors merch that only goes up to a size XL! You gotta be fucking kidding me. (The sweatshirt does go to 3X but the crop tops, booty shorts and swimsuits do not). Fix it fat Black Jesus! Like I DO want a swimsuit that says Fake Boobs on the chest & Fake Ass on the booty. That’s some funny shit. But I can’t. This is why the whole team has to be on board with the politics of the work bc this fuckery will happen w/out you knowing. At least I hope she didn’t know. 😩
Sep 20, 2021 4 tweets 1 min read
Why are so many accommodations being denied at UW-Madison? I personally know a handful of disabled faculty, students & staff who have had accommodations denied or who have had alternate (cheaper) accommodations offered that do not address their main concerns. #AcademicAbleism As a member of the Disability Studies Initiative, a disability studies scholar & a disabled faculty member myself, I am extremely concerned by the stories I’m hearing. I am also putting in a extra, behind the scenes labor to try to advocate for folks & provide emotional support.
Sep 17, 2021 4 tweets 1 min read
I hope Lil Nas X knows how many Black queer ppl are rooting for him. I hope he can feel how much he is loved. He could never make another piece of art & he would still be iconic & groundbreaking. He has offered us so much at 22. I just want him to be happy & protected forever. He is an artist. He sings, writes music, acts & is a massively innovative marketer of his work. On top of that he has continued to make social justice issues central to his work, not simply in terms of visual representation, but by creatively getting folks to donate money.
Sep 16, 2021 4 tweets 1 min read
Story: One of my partners & I teach at the same time in the same building, one floor apart, using the same Bluetooth wireless headset mics that our department bought for faculty. Today my mic kept cutting out so I took it off and turned it off. However, I did not turn off the speaker & the Bluetooth jack that goes w/ the mic. I continued my class discussion of @CripCampFilm when all of a sudden my partner’s voice came from the speaker talking about some disability history stuff connected to what my class was discussing.
Sep 16, 2021 7 tweets 2 min read
WISCONSIN: This is important yall. Please write your reps IMMEDIATELY to reject this. When we say that people should be able to opt kids out of basic education around gender & sexuality it harms all kids. How? Queer & trans youth who are exposed to inclusive education & affirming models are more accepting of themselves. Queer & trans youth in hostile home environments who need this education the most are also most likely to be opted out by homophobic & transphobic parents. Also…
Sep 14, 2021 8 tweets 3 min read
Like most laws, the increased criminalization of marijuana targets & punishes poor folks who can’t afford to drive to the border & pay high taxes at a dispensary to get weed. Most people believe at least medical should be legal but the WI GOP wants to waste time on this shit. Wisconsin politics are somehow simultaneously evil, backward & nonsensical. These folks didn’t pass a fucking thing last year. Just kept suing the Governor over a mask mandate. Just trying to make money & let people die.
Sep 8, 2021 4 tweets 1 min read
UW folks, anyone else who got summer pay in August have a lower paycheck amount coming tomorrow? I just looked at my paystub and it’s like 25% less net pay than my last paycheck. Our department currently does not have an HR or financial person to ask. And I got bounce back/away messages from the two L&S HR people I e-mailed. 😫
Aug 25, 2021 4 tweets 3 min read
I’m happy to announce that my second book, Black Disability Politics, is now in production w/ @DukePress, slated for a Fall 2022 release. This book documents & theorizes about how Black cultural workers have engaged disability as a political concern historically & in the present. I draw on the archives of the Black Panther Party & the National Black Women’s Health project as well as interviews w/ Black disabled leaders @VilissaThompson, @notthreefifths, @talilalewis, @Angry_Negro, @Tinu, @call_me_ill, @4WheelWorkOut, @hwatkins927, @BeingKaylaSmith & more.