oh my freaking lord i love these writings so much and oh god now i’m going to be on tumblr and livejournal and whatever the hell else all night.
Found an image. FINALLY. Only on page SIXTY FOUR of the search results. Seriously, it’s really sad that I have to look THAT HARD for an image that actually EMPOWERS autistic people instead of makes them feel like shit.
I’m searching for an image to go with a piece by an autistic self-advocate and I want something autisticly empowering (does that even make sense?). The image must be free to use with no legal ramifications. I’ve been searching on Flickr under the Creative Commons License but I’m not really getting anywhere with this particular piece.
But how can I get used to saying that they trained me into ways of thinking, degrees of self-hatred and self-denial, that, without diligence on my part and support on the part of others, could come close to killing me every day of my life for the next seven years or more? This is where the outposts in our heads come into play. We are trained in these destructive ways of thinking, by both well-meaning and cruel people alike. One of the most dangerous thoughts among them is the belief that these thought patterns are just about anything — ‘delusions’, ‘organic psychiatric disorders’, ‘signs of pathology’, ‘manipulation’ — as long as they are not the responsibility of the people who teach ‘patients’ these ways of thinking. But one of the most important things to learn is that it is their responsibility. These mental outposts that destroy so much of people’s lives are not the fault of the people whose lives are destroyed. They are the responsibility of the people who perpetuate them and the systems that support them.” —Outposts In Our Heads « Ballastexistenz (via nicocoer)
A fat woman standing in line at the grocery store does not want to be the target of endless silent judgment and raised eyebrows about what is and isn’t in her cart, what she unloads onto the belt, how she moves, how she dresses. She does not want to be the stand-in symbol for evil and greed and nasty, dirty things. She doesn’t want to be a fetish, either, she doesn’t want to be stared at by people who are mentally undressing her and thinking about how she looks. Maybe she just wants to be neutral. Maybe she just wants to be another person standing in line at the grocery store, neutral, not standing for anything, just another body in the store. She might not feel that way all the time; maybe some days she thinks it would be nice if someone gave her an admiring glance. But sometimes, you just want to stand in line and not be a symbol.
They also belong in neutral places, where you might expect to see a standard, ‘generic’ body used for colour and added depth, because fat people are standard too. Fat people belong there, in the sidebars and the crowd scenes and everywhere else, the places you would expect to find them in real life; fat bodies belong in settings so neutral that they are unremarkable and do not need to attract comments one way or the other, because that, too, is part of the fight for liberation. To be unremarkable, not the subject of intense scrutiny or attention because you just are, just like all the other people in a scene.
I imagine tuning in to a favourite television series and seeing a fat character casually depicted on screen, with no particular messaging embedded in that character. That is a depiction of fatness I want to see every bit as much as a specifically positive, fat-friendly presentation.” —s.e. smith, The Coding of Fatness (via amatteroftiming)
WTF! And he has a PhD.
If you are a student with any kind of disability at WKU, you have to give your professors a form at the beginning of the semester notifying them of any accommodations you need. They always mention this part when they go over the syllabus. My professor today says “If you have any disabilities, make…
I feel like we could all have fun snarking about exactly what fraction of a person we each are…are people with multiple disabilities a smaller fraction?
I hate disability-shaming. It’s like no one gives a fuck about it. Okay, so this man was born with no arms and no legs and he does all this stuff like play soccer, swim, and play golf? Cool, that’s one badass motherfucker.
But who is he to go around saying shit to people like ARE YOU GOING TO BE STRONG TOO?? (basically) Like fuck you, your internalized ableism is showing. And fuck you, people who are like HE IS SO ~INSPIRING AND BRAVE~, your ableism is showing, too.
Not all disabilities are the same. Not everyone who is disabled has the same capabilities, and it has nothing to do with how weak or strong you are. I know I couldn’t fucking play soccer or swim unless I wanted to be in incredible pain due to my osteoarthritis and fibromyalgia. So does that make me weak? NO.
And we are not ~inspiring and brave~ for doing shit non-disabled people can do, we are just trying to live our motherfucking lives to the most normal capacity that each of us can. It’s got nothing to do with bravery, cut that shit out.
Also: all this applies to psychological disabilities too. It doesn’t have to be physical.
yes yes yes YES YES YES YES!!!
A lot of people seem to implicitly think that racism, misogyny, and homophobia are fairly rare things in our society. The corollary to this is that racist beliefs are only held by racists, and racists are the sort of extreme aberrations from mainstream society who burn crosses on people’s lawns. So when you say that what person X said is offensive, they think “No way! Person X wouldn’t burn a cross.” I think this is where “it wasn’t intended to be offensive, so it must not be offensive” comes from.
This worldview presents a double whammy, because even if you can convince them something is technically problematic, it’s not related to any systematic problems in our society, so it’s still no big deal.” —A comment by Autumn Harvest on No Cookies For Me: Blatant Sexism *Isn’t* Benign, Thank You… (via cultureofresistance)