I want to call your attention to a fantastic new blog called FWD/Forward – Feminists with disabilities for a way forward. The blog’s purpose is pretty self-explanatory. The folks who started it are feminists with disabilities who write about disability issues and the intersection between feminism and disability rights activism. Some of the bloggers are people I’ve long admired and others are new to me, but all are engaging writers who make it hard for me to think of anything to add.
They have a series called “Ableist Word Profile,” in which bloggers profile ableist words and phrases, discuss how they’re used, and talk about how to stop using them. The other day abby jean covered “hysterical.” She explains the etymology and history of the word as well as modern applications and addresses why it is problematic.
I have written before about my invisible disability (if you could call it that), and this FWD has given me so much food for thought already about my own circumstances and the intersection of feminism and ableism. I’m excited about what they’re doing and hope to learn a lot and incorporate disability issues into my own writing and activism more often.