katiemariie: Screencap of Stark in his cell in the Gammak base, pointing manically. The text, "my side your side" surrounds him. (My side your side!)
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Content notice: the linked blog post contains discussion of forced cures, medical and parental abuse, violence, character death, and ableist slurs. Also contains spoilers through "Dana."

The Two-Headed Quarterback: Disabled Identity in Night Vale
katiemariie: Screencap of Stark in his cell in the Gammak base, pointing manically. The text, "my side your side" surrounds him. (My side your side!)
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Content notice: the linked blog post contains discussion of eugenics, genocide, euthanasia, institutionalization, and major character death. Also, major spoilers for the film.

Star Trek Into Darkness: Able-Bodied Angst and Abrams’ Anti-Intellectualism
terajk: Ryoga, grabbing Ranma by his pajama-top and shouting: "Do you remember where my house is?!" (death the kid)
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For [community profile] month_of_meta I'm doing a series on disability in Atasushi Ohkubo's manga and Soul Eater. It has that lovely "problem" where there are a bunch of characters with disabilities in the cast, so...meta series!

There's two posts so far. Warning for both: This REALLY HUGE SPOILER (seriously, it's huge) became essential to my argument(s.) This spoiler is only in the manga, and at chapter 70-something, at that. See individual headings for other warnings.

Title: Disability in Soul Eater pt. 1: Asura and Crona 
Characters: Asura, Crona
Content notes: discussion of child abuse, body horror, mind and body control, mental illness
Summary: A discussion of the series's disabled antagonists.

On DW


Title: Disability in Soul Eater, pt. 2: OCD Goth Cowboy Jesus for Great Justice
Characters: Death the Kid
Content notes: discussion of obsessive-compulsive disorder and suicidal ideation. Also, lots of pictures.
Summary: An analysis of Death the Kid, because he is fabulous.

On DW
terajk: Ryoga, grabbing Ranma by his pajama-top and shouting: "Do you remember where my house is?!" (ryoga: do you remember where my house is)
[personal profile] terajk
Title: You are Here: Why Ryoga Hibiki is Awesome
Fandom: Ranma 1/2
Characters Ryoga, a guest appearance by Mousse
Rating: PG-13 (my language...oops)
Word count: around 2000 words
Warnings: Discussion of stalking and violence. Spoilers abound.

Summary: Ryoga is allowed to be just Like That, even without remotely passing as a non-disabled person. In a general sense, the same is true for anyone else in the cast: the horribly abusive fathers, lethal chefs, and all the people who spend half their time in the form of animals or other people won't be mistaken as typical by anyone; yet they all live together in a tense but tolerant way. What this means for Ryoga is that Takahashi doesn't medicalize his lostness at all.

At my journal.

ATLA ficlet: Gaps

Sun, Dec. 26th, 2010 02:10 pm
terajk: Ryoga, grabbing Ranma by his pajama-top and shouting: "Do you remember where my house is?!" (zukoxazula)
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I've been chewing on [personal profile] eruthros's great Festibility prompt of greatness for months. (Months, I tell you, because it is so great). Sadly, the story I want is WAY too awesome for my writing ability at this point, though I promise you it will happen.

Spoilery ATLA ponderings )

This ficlet isn't a fill for [personal profile] eruthros's prompt (she deserves something much meatier).


Title: Gaps
Characters: Zuko, Azula
Word count: 390
Warnings: Language, ableism
Post series, spoilers. Word of God is boring.
For a prompt for [community profile] fic_promptly: "Zuko, Red Dragon (Thomas Harris)"

DW

AO3

sqbr: zuko with a fish on his head (avatar)
[personal profile] sqbr
These all have brief descriptions on the site which should make sense if you're familiar with canon, plus there's more info under the cut.

How to Train your Dragon: Repairs
(This picture is a bit spoilery)

"How to Train your Dragon" is a lovely, entertaining kids film which, while not perfect, has a pretty good portrayal of disability in my opinion.

Homestuck: Terezi as Toph

Homestuck: Tavros as Teo

The webcomic Homestuck is funny, clever and has a terrible depiction of disability.

Tavros is a sweet, nice boy who is a little slow on the uptake and ends up being the butt of many jokes. He was introduced offscreen and people drew him in a wheelchair which inspired the author to make him a paraplegic in canon too.

The inspiration for the Tavros picture was seeing fanart of him dressed as a mermaid for Halloween looking sad and wanting to draw him looking happy and awesome.
Meta about the repeated motifs which spoils How to Train Your Dragon )
aris_tgd: Wheelchair Ballroom, text: "Dance" (dance)
[personal profile] aris_tgd
(As I love this community and would like to see more traffic here, I thought I'd crosspost a more general-discussion-friendly post I made on the third episode of Dancing on Wheels. This draws a lot from what I've learned about disability portrayal in media from this community and from FWD/Forward, but I'd like to emphasize that while I'm interested in ally work I don't myself ID as a PWD. Or British, for that matter.

This is adapted slightly from when it was originally posted at my DW account and contains spoilers for Episode 3 of the series.)


So the drama in Episode 3 of Dancing on Wheels is interesting because it's the first time on the show they've really talked about the representation of people with disabilities on and because of the show. And given the subject, I'd like to talk about the edit that the producers gave Simone and Harry this week.

Firstly, I want to say that this post isn't about either Simone or Harry as people. But I think we all know that producers and editors manipulate footage to tell a story, and it's the story that I'm critiquing, not the people involved.

Spoilers under the cut )
were_duck: Ellen Ripley from Alien looking pensively to the right in her space helmet (Teyla smilin at John)
[personal profile] were_duck
Linked from [community profile] metafandom:

[personal profile] katta writes a great post giving some clues on how not to write deaf characters in fanfic. Some great discussion in comments as well.

Also, [personal profile] katta kindly links to the Disability Fanfic site and the Disability in Fanfiction site, which allows canon disabilities but isn't updated as frequently as the other site. I am about to devote my morning to browsing these.

Thinking back on the disability-related fics I've read, some have had pretty good representations and some not-so-good, but I can't think of any fic in which a character is part of a disability community or is political about it (frex, an AU in which a character is part of the Deaf community, rather than woefully deafened for hurt/comfort purposes in the fic).

Anyone have recs to share for fic in any fandom that features a character with a disability who's written well?

I really enjoyed the Fair Trade series by [livejournal.com profile] esteefee, an SGA John/Rodney AU in which John, a war vet with mobility problems after an injury sustained in the war, opens up a fair trade coffeeshop. He meets and slowly falls for Rodney, a brilliant physicist who's hit to bottom rung--designing educational exhibits for schoolchildren. It's a lovely, warm, slow build story, and [livejournal.com profile] esteefee does an incredible job with John's chronic pain, portraying him in a way that seems totally realistic and true to the character while still demonstrating the fullness of his character and his life. Really lovely stories. Also, bonus Teyla and Ronon as John's therapist primary care physician and surgeon, respectively! I was worried at first that they'd show up as baristas in his cafe. I also highly recommend [livejournal.com profile] wihluta's podfic of the stories--you can download them individually or as a podbook from the audiofic archive!

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