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.

2 links 17 August 2017

Eric Deggans on NPR (All Things Considered):

Netflix, ABC Portrayals Of Autism Still Fall Short, Critics Say

http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2017/08/11/542668400/netflix-abc-portrayals-of-autism-still-fall-short-critics-say

You can read or listen to this piece, which is about "The Good Doctor" and "Atypical".

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.

2 links 30 July 2017

This first link is from about 1 year ago.

Alaina Leary writing for The Establishment: "How Media Prevents us from Truly Empathizing with Disabled Characters".

https://theestablishment.co/how-media-prevents-us-from-truly-empathizing-with-disabled-characters-19a7793914f8

Content note: childhood bullying based on disability. Spoilers for Orange is the New Black (from 1 year ago).

Amy Rowe at iNews (UK): "I can’t watch Game of Thrones because I’m deaf – it shouldn’t be this hard, and I’m angry"

https://inews.co.uk/opinion/comment/dont-makers-game-thrones-care-deaf-fans/

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.

Orange is the new black

We Need to Talk about the Ableism of Orange is the New Black by Alex Haagaard, at Medium

[CW: ableist slurs, ableist abuse, ableist violence, filicide] and discussion of prisons
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Fran Wilde Essay on Disability Representation and SF

Fran Wilde is a contributor to Invisible 3, Jim Hines & MaryAnne Mohanraj's collection about representation in SF. She's posted a lovely essay on Jim's Dreamwidth


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It turns out that what I wanted wasn’t the story of a young woman coming to terms with her brace or her body (seriously it’s a fine story, but it didn’t fit me at all—or, rather, it fit me like a brace, constraining and awkward). What I wanted was something to love. I was listening for that familiar thunk on the hull; I just didn’t know it. That recognition that there was a mind inside a cage of muscle, bone, pain, fiberglass, and metal. The acknowledgement that a mind could do things—heroic things! Cool things!—even if the body rebelled.
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read the whole essay here: http://jimhines.dreamwidth.org/437695.html

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.

Mental Illness in Wonder Woman

This post contains some spoilers for the film.

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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

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."

1 link 9 June 2016

The Guardian: Disabled People don't need "Me Before You": We've Got Avengers.

https://www.theguardian.com/film/2016/jun/08/disabled-people-avengers-superheroes-me-before-you-film

CN: This article discusses the film "Me Before You" which has a euthanasia plot line.

2 links 28 Jan 2016

[personal profile] silmarian: Lines at Events

Regardless, line management isn't a security issue, it's a customer service issue.

Dr. Kathryn Allan: Categories of Disability in Science Fiction

This is an academic article.
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Redefining Heroism by Jennifer Bohlman
http://disabilityinkidlit.com/2015/11/06/redefining-heroism/


Science fiction and fantasy tell us that anything can happen, and yet disabled people are often told that their narratives don’t fit into the genres. If anything can happen, why can’t we be heroes too?