Disability Erasure And The Apocalyptic Narrative

Disability Erasure And The Apocalyptic Narrative
By Shoshana Kessock
Aug 28, 2017

https://shoshanakessock.com/2017/08/28/disability-erasure-and-the-apocalyptic-narrative/

Content note: discusses violence towards disabled characters; images of guns; some ableist language used

Examination of a widely-used SF trope:
As a disabled woman, disaster epics, apocalypse fiction, and post-apoc tales aren’t a vicarious thrill for me anymore. Theoretical zombie apocalypse escape plan BS sessions with friends aren’t amusing anymore. They’re an exercise in facing my mortality.

1 link from Kelly Robson

My Future Includes Disability by Kelly Robson

http://kellyrobson.com/my-futures-include-disability/

From June 29, 2017

People also say, “In the future we’ll be able to fix disabilities. Even if someone is injured, we’ll be able to fix them.” Okay, but not everything is fixable. Not every medical risk is warranted. Not every procedure is worthwhile. And not everyone wants or needs to be fixed. A person who is managing their disability is still disabled, after all, and managing one’s own life and making choices for oneself is the foundation of human adulthood.
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Helpful primer regarding disability terminology

This is from last year, and is a quite comprehensive post aimed at authors.

Corinne Duyvis and Kayla Whaley, writing at Disability in Kidlit:

http://disabilityinkidlit.com/2016/07/08/introduction-to-disability-terminology/

1 Link: Netflix's "Atypical"

Mickey Rowe at Teen Vogue:
"Netflix's "Atypical" Was a Major Disappointment for Autism Representation"

http://www.teenvogue.com/story/netflix-atypical-autism-representation

In watching the show, I noticed that it seems to play into stereotypes that I’ve experienced firsthand that could have easily been avoided and that may present damaging information about autistic people. There is so much misinformation about autism in part because we nearly always learn about autism from non-autistic people, instead of learning about autism from autistic adults.

more about wonder woman

Alaina Leary at Teen Vogue:

How Disfigured Villain's like Wonder Woman's 'Dr. Poison' perpetuate stigma

Similar to previous linked articles here, but includes a wider critique of media by including Voldemort, Darth Vader, and others.

Game of Thrones

Neda Ulabe for All Things Considered at NPR:

Game of Thrones finds fans among disability rights activists too

You can read or listen to this piece.

Disfigurement in film: 2 links

Ariel Henley writing at Bustle:

As a woman with a facial disfigurement, this Wonder Woman villain pisses me off

This post contains spoilers for the film, and a looping gif. Contains references to WWI and suicide of veterans.

Linked in the above article is this older piece about Bond films:

Why are so many Bond villains disabled or disfigured? I ask the producers

There is an autoplay video ad at the top of this page.

Disability in Doctor Who

The Tardis is Inaccessible: Disability in Doctor Who by crippledscholar

https://crippledscholar.com/2017/06/12/the-tardis-is-inaccessible-disability-in-doctor-who/

Contains some spoilers for the show.

Wonder Woman

The linked article contains some spoilers for the film

The Wonder Woman Movie's Treatment of Disability, by Carly

https://medium.com/@carlyrm/the-wonder-woman-movies-treatment-of-disability-34dd3df945a5

So, you wanna write a blind character? by Elsa Henry

From April 2016

by Elsa S. Henry

So, You wanna write a blind character?

http://terribleminds.com/ramble/2016/04/20/elsa-henry-so-you-wanna-write-a-blind-character/

content note: brief description of eye trauma
I have not read the comments
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The Atlantic — call for reader notes from people who have spent time in psychiatric hospitals

[Content note: discussion of psychiatric hospitals in the link]

The Atlantic is currently calling for reader notes from people who have spent time in psychiatric hospitals either as patients or as staff. E-mail to contribute is hello@theatlantic.com

Here's the discussion thus far: https://www.theatlantic.com/notes/2016/12/tell-us-have-you-spent-time-in-a-psychiatric-hospital/510512/

While I can't guarantee that this particular conversation will be productive, I will say that in general, I tend to like the discussions that come out of reader notes posted on The Atlantic. The combination of curating the reader notes and publishing notes from a wide range of readers means that the discussions are often nuanced and thought-provoking. Plus, in this case, I'm really grateful to them for posting the original note from Eva even though it wasn't prompted by a specific article or news event.

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Disability in Star Trek

http://www.slate.com/blogs/browbeat/2016/07/26/star_trek_beyond_is_more_diverse_but_forgot_about_disability.html?wpsrc=sh_all_dt_tw_bot

"Star Trek Was Among the Best Franchises at Representing People With Disabilities—Until Star Trek Beyond"

By Marissa Martinelli

"But for better or worse, Star Trek has always made an effort to address disability’s place in a utopian future, and more radically, to suggest that it does have a place there. In an era where cancer can be cured with a hypo spray, characters with disabilities are not magically “fixed”; in fact, practicing genetic engineering is strictly forbidden after the Eugenics Wars. Instead, people with disabilities are accepted, their lives improved by advanced technology, increased accessibility, and progressive social attitudes."

Nicola Griffith

Science Fiction Author Nicola Griffith writes about Coming Out As A Cripple, and the need for greater accessibility in the world:

https://nicolagriffith.com/2016/04/25/coming-out-as-a-cripple/

Warning for presence of a known troll (WS aka Beetlejuice) in the comments.
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One Link 11/18

Hello everyone. Earlier this morning a friend sent me the following link, and I'm wondering if anyone has seen or heard about this. It sounds very cool.

http://www.theblindcafe.com/about/
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Links 14 November 2015

Catching up on a few posts

Mari Ness: World Fantasy Convention 2015 -- Disability and Accessibility
https://marikness.wordpress.com/2015/11/10/world-fantasy-convention-2015-disability-and-accessibility/

Mari Ness: New Accessibility and Disability Policy
https://marikness.wordpress.com/2015/11/10/new-accessibility-and-disability-policy/

File 770: Mari Ness posts World Fantasy Report and a New Personal Policy
http://file770.com/?p=25970
(some faily stuff in comments)