Author Archives: VMS

“You should commit suicide”: On Americans’ Lack of Empathy for People with Disabilities and Chronic Illnesses.

  Americans are often unwilling, or unable, to empathize with chronically ill and/or disabled people. Some rough thoughts on this topic: 1.) Disabled people (and this includes chronically ill people) are a minority in the U.S., making up only 19% of … Continue reading

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New eyewitness statements regarding the “gas chamber” at Mokabe’s: Part 2

Before reading the text below, please see this post and this post for context. I [Valéria] am not the author of the italicized text below. The author is Sara, aka @Vipondalicious on Twitter. Any and all questions or comments about … Continue reading

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New eyewitness statements regarding the “gas chamber” at Mokabe’s: Part 1

In the wake of my original post regarding the events that transpired at Mokabe’s coffee shop on Arsenal in the early morning hours of 11/25/14—and in response to some of the reactions from naysayers, as well as from Chief Dotson … Continue reading

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Welcome to the “gas chamber”: a first-person account of Mokabe’s on the morning of 11/25/14.

There is a rite of passage employed by many police forces and by the military. It is known as “the gas chamber,” an exercise used in basic training to ensure that recruits know how to properly fit and use a … Continue reading

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An Education in Class

Dedicatory preface: This post is dedicated to the anonymous steel worker from Worcester, Massachusetts, who helped me get to New York City in September 1998. You brought me to the bus station in Worcester and made sure I had cigarettes … Continue reading

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Complicating Disability Studies’ Relationship to Medicine

One of Disability Studies’ major hang-ups is its default position with respect to the field of medicine and—by extension—with medical practitioners. The adversarial stance of DS towards medicine (and doctors) stems largely from the former’s repudiation of the medical model … Continue reading

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Triggernometry Redux: The “Trigger Warning” as Speech Act

An addendum to my earlier post on “trigger warnings,” inspired by a very late night discussion on Facebook: ** The “trigger warning” can be viewed as a speech act. Considered as such, the act it performs is indirectly declarative; it … Continue reading

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