Spoonless Substitute

// 18 June 2010

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If I had the spoons, I could perhaps have written a whole post on each of the links below, but my body is overtaking everything else at the moment, so here is a collection of some writings on the internet which have caught my eye in the last few days.

Does your iPod support rape in the Congo?, looking at rape being used as a weapon in areas of conflict over minerals used in electronics.

Disability Terminology: A Starter Kit for Non-Disabled People and the Media. I like that she acknowledges that she’s coming from an American perspective, where the preferred language used by disabled people is often different from in the UK, and she makes some great points, including one expanded on by Elena Newley in “I don’t suffer!”.

FWD’s Ableist Word Profiles are always worth a read, too, discussing disablist language further.

I loved this story about 9 women in Northern Ireland who have been acquitted of criminal damage after breaking into the premises of an arms manufacturing company. Impressively, the jury agreed with them that rather than commit a crime, they had in fact taken action to prevent crime and “protect the lives and property of people in the Gaza Strip and to stop alleged war crimes being committed by the Israeli forces”.

Other stories and writing I’ve found thought-provoking and interesting are:

Women’s health shortchanged because of bias towards male subjects in studies

The potential and the danger of first person in feminist discourse

Informed Choice or Restricted Right on thinking of abortion as a right rather than a choice.

The Absence of No: Re-considering the Yes focus in critique of rape culture

Where the Fight Against Child Obesity Can Go Very, Very Wrong

and ‘Biggest Loser’ TV programme finalist says the show gave her an eating disorder.

Comments From You

Lisa // Posted 18 June 2010 at 7:20 pm

You might find this guide to British-centric disability language interesting. It’s certainly the best guide I’ve come across: http://www.manchester.gov.uk/site/scripts/documents_info.php?categoryID=200041&documentID=106&pageNumber=5

Philippa Willitts // Posted 18 June 2010 at 7:23 pm

Thanks, Lisa, I do love that guide (and I believe it was you that put me onto it quite some time ago!).

I keep meaning to write a whole post about disability language but can’t quite get it out.

I made the link clickable in your comment.

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