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Weird Al Yankovic’s “Word Crimes”

16 Kinds: 3 Reasons why I hate Weird Al’s ‘Word Crimes’ and 3 videos to watch Instead by Wiktor K.

Grammar Girl: Weird Al’s Word Crimes Video

Quoted from Facebook:
Jay T. Dolmage
Yesterday near Waterloo, Canada
One further thought about Weird Al's "Word Crimes": Yes, I will be teaching with the video in my writing AND disability studies classes. The video is a perfect way to get into not just all the "crime" that words like "moron" have empowered (including the eugenics that still encourages people to say "get out of the gene pool") but it also perfectly shows how we have ALWAYS used arbitrary grammar and usage rules to segregate, stigmatize, and harm non-normative minds and bodies. When the precursors to our modern literacy tests were being developed at Ellis Island, it was Henry Goddard using them to reinforce his invention of the term "moron" as a way to dial back the humanity of specific racial and ethnic groups. "Literacy" has always used disability in these ways.”

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Melissa McEwan of Shakesville posted a short video on [dis]ablist language yesterday, why it's bad, and how to avoid it. It's focused on language related to mental illness, but I feel like it's widely applicable. She's got a full transcript up as well (including a bit with one of her cats photobombing), and there's some great discussion in the comments (which are very well moderated).

You can find the video and transcript here.
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Sami Schalk at Disability Studies Quarterly: Metaphorically Speaking: Ableist Metaphors in Feminist Writing

I provide a close reading of extended disability metaphors used in work by bell hooks and Tania Modleski, identifying the implications about disability and problems that occur in their overall arguments when the metaphors are read from a disability studies perspective. The article ends by offering recommendations for a feminist philosophy of language...

Thanks to [twitter.com profile] alothian for this link!
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Dave Hingsburger / Rollin' Around in My Head: Sometimes it's what you don't Say
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Thank you to [livejournal.com profile] sophy for these links about Big Brother.

sophy: Rage Quitting Big Brother

Oh No They Didn't: (no subject)
This post contains examples of the offensive language used, also moving Gifs.

I have more links but these most focus on the racism and homophobia (understandably) rather than ableism:

Dr. Ragan Fox (blog): An Open Letter to Big Brother's Production Team.

Zap2It: Big Brother 15 House: The Racism, Misogyny and homophobia comes out!

Joker's Updates / Big Brother News and Rumors: List of racist/homophobic/sexist comments made by the BB15 cast (with time)
(contains very disturbing language)

Blind vs. Masked

Mon, Jun. 10th, 2013 01:10 pm
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I first started using "Masked" instead of "Blind" when I worked on a scientific study where some blind people were participants. Blind is both a medical term and an identity category, and therefore it means a lot of things already; "masked" is more respectful and we used it in place of "double blind study" for example. This was before I got into disability politics, maybe around 2005.

Then I met [personal profile] jesse_the_k who convinced me to stop using "blind" as a metaphor entirely.

Here is some background reading:
Kestrell: What Good writers Still Get Wrong about Blind People
Kate Nepveu, panel writeup: I'm not your metaphor: Explaining Oppression with Analogies
Jesse the K: I'm not Colorblind, I'm Totally Blind!

Jesse says: "Blindness doesn't endow one with greater spiritual insight nor better hearing than sighted people..."

This is key. The whole idea of a "blind" study is that it makes a scientist less biased. But it's the built in ignorance of the drug or intervention being used that makes the scientist less biased. It's a way to build safety into a study. It has nothing do with sight in particular: it has to do with knowledge, and sequestering knowledge. In the case of reviewing, it's the ignorance of who the author is, etc.

The stereotype of blindness, of blind people, being perpetuated here is that they are purer, less biased, more forgiving of flaws, better judges of data and of character. They can't be, you know, just people. Once again, disabled people aren't given the benefit of being full human beings, of having full moral character.

"Masked" is preferable because it is a separate term that evokes temporarily putting on and taking off of a mask, for the purpose of doing a study or review. A mask could cover up your identity, make you seem like someone else, or no one at all: it gives the idea of being anonymous. For reviewing in particular, this metaphor works very well: what if the manuscript was submitted by Anonymous? A person in a mask. It's not that the reviewer is "blind"--a stereotype of someone pure and unbiased, it's that the submitter is wearing a mask.

Your thoughts here are welcome.

This post brought to you by recent SF/F calls for "blind reviews" (blech).
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I'm actually not sure how to link to things on Tumblr (LOL) so I'm just going to quote the entire post from UnF*ck Your Habitat that I saw Today while backreading my dash:

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Just a reminder:
OCD is something one has, not something one “is,” and most people who say, “I’m so OCD” do not have OCD and could use a thesaurus and some sensitivity training.

Here at UfYH HQ, we don’t use “OCD” as shorthand or a humorous description for personality quirks or behaviors. It’s a legitimate medical condition. Words are important, and there are better ways to get your point across without trivializing someone else’s health issue. Some potential alternatives:

Extremely particular
Attentive to cleanliness
Hates when things are dirty
Excessively tidy
Fastidious
Exceptionally neat
Predisposed to cleanliness
P.S. OCD doesn’t always (or even usually) mean that someone is extremely clean or organized.

Tag: It's not about being politically correct it's about not being a jerk

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Thu, Jun. 7th, 2012 06:14 pm
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[personal profile] linaerys: An apology, and (I Hope) an Evolution
Crosspost at LJ: http://linaerys.livejournal.com/852708.html

A post about ableist language use. There is some foolishness in comments at LJ.
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Jessica Coen, the Editor of "Jezebel", tweeted this:

https://twitter.com/#!/jessicacoen/status/190529717286338563

The word "ableist" is crazy and lame. MT @TheNatFantastic: @jezebel insisting on being ableist. AGAIN. http://bit.ly/Iqnpn0

She was responding to a criticism of "Crazy" in this Jezebel headline:

Meet the anti-abortion movement's pretty, new, super-crazy face.


I'm not sure if she is being ironic or dismissive or what.
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SF and mystery author Nicola Griffith: Lame is so Gay: A Rant (from July 2011)

Words matter. Like icebergs, nine-tenths of their heft lies out of sight. Insults like gay and lame can kill. If you're not gay or lame, you might not see the grinding damage that's occurring below the waterline to those who are.
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[personal profile] laceblade: It's kind of disgusting/ so what does it mean

Mirror post at LiveJournal

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Gary Presley: Never Use Blackface if you use a Wheelchair

This is a response to the magazine "New Mobility" choosing the character of Artie from Glee as its "Person of the Year".

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Terence Blacker: Cruel Jokes are just a symptom

(I actually don't know what this is in response to, but think it's interesting nonetheless.)

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If you have more links feel free to drop them in comments!
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Rolling Around in My Head (Dave Hingsburger): An Open Letter to Jeremy Boxen and Allen Hawco; Regarding: The Republic of Doyle, Episode entitled 'The Woman Who Knew Too Little'

Every legitimate call for the concept of respectful language to include disability concerns are ignored by the powers the be and attacked by supporters of the status quo. Those who wish the freedom to hate mask themselves as fighters for the freedom to speak.

[personal profile] jesse_the_k: We've Always Failed, We've Always Learned
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[livejournal.com profile] ffrantsrants: OP: Isn't lame kind of ableist?

This is in reference to the last post. There are currently 123 comments.
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In [livejournal.com profile] fanficrants: This one has been done to death, but:

This one has been done to death, but:

Don't judge a fic by it's lame summary.

One: "Lame." Nice. I am not an expert on this stuff, but isn't that kinda ableist?


Note that there are currently 308 comments
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[personal profile] lauredhel: "I don't even THINK about disability when I hear the word 'lame'! No one does!"

Feel free to link to this post if you're ever trying to rebut these statements:

"But lame doesn't mean that anymore!"

"That's completely archaic! No-one alive THESE days would ever have used it that way!"

"I don't even THINK about disability when I say or hear 'lame'! No one does!"

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linkspam Glee 1x19 'Dream On'
21 May 2010

I still have not seen a full episode of this show! Here are a few links.

Bad Cripple: Glee Makes Me Glum

[livejournal.com profile] hi_falootin: oh, glee

Natalie DeBruin: The Language of Disability plus 3 easy ways you can Improve it

National Public Radio: Reclaiming Roles: Actors Play Beyond Disabilities

s.e. smith at This Ain't Livin': Glee: Dream On

Wheelie Catholic: Let's all Dream On

Wheelchair Dancer: Dream On: What a Nightmare on Glee

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