ableism

Why Netflix’s Representation of Disability is Problematic and Damaging

Trigger Warning: This piece discusses ableism, including the use of ableist slurs — In recent months, Netflix has faced controversy for making various disabilities punch lines in several Netflix Originals. These controversies have left me conflicted: on the one hand, as a disabled person I believe in fair, equal, accurate, …

Laptop Bans are Academic Ableism

The CHRONICles is a fortnightly column by Caroline Marie McDonagh-Delves and Rachel Charlton-Dailey discussing life with chronic illness, chronic pain and disability. Content warning: this column will regularly discuss ableism and topics relating to disability. — When I was 17, I sat the last exam that I would ever complete by hand. In the timetable of Caroline’s pinpoint-able …

DWP Use Gym Footage to Punish Disabled People

If you’ve ever claimed Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), formerly known as Incapacity Benefit, or Personal Independence Payment (PIP), formerly known as Disability Living Allowance (DLA), you’re probably familiar with the way that the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) operate around disabled people, and those unable to work. ATOS …

Britain’s Long and Dark Relationship with Eugenics

Trigger Warning: This article contains discussions of ableism (including ableist slurs), classim, racism, and eugenics. — Recently, Conservative Vice-Chair Ben Bradley made headlines by calling for people living in poverty to be sterilised in order to prevent Britain from “drowning in a vast sea of unemployed wasters.” Granted, he did write …

Save the NHS, Without the Ableism

Hi, it’s Caroline, your disabled and chronically, physically, and mentally ill health editor! I saw more  NHS professionals during my three years of uni than the average person probably sees in their entire lifetime – GPs, physiotherapists, specialists, and so on. Since then, I’ve just continued to add to that. If I …

Online Activism isn’t Lazy, it’s Accessible

Activism and key moments of change have been constants throughout history—and so too have leading activists. Whether you think of Martin Luther King Jr. or Malala Yousafzai, all activists have one thing in common: a drive to make changes in the world. But over the course of history activism has …

The Forgotten -ism: How Disabled People Are Forgotten

What’s missing from this tweet calling for recommendations for diverse panelists? When you report an offensive tweet, what is missing here? Which group only gets a fleeting mention in Lady Gaga’s iconic Born This Way? In Laurie Penny’s Unspeakable Things, which minority is mentioned just twice, the first mention being on …