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“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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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

So “trigger warnings” are back in the news again. I’ve been reading along for months while concertedly refraining from making any sort of public comment on the discussion, but now I feel kind of obligated since it keeps raging on and … Continue reading

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Multiple Sclerosis: The First Two Years.

What I remember most about the first two years of MS is the hunger. I remember lying flat on my mattress, hungry. Close your eyes, go back to sleep. I’m hungry. I’m tired. No: I’m decimated. In this game of … Continue reading

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Chronic Illness and the Question of “Access”: A Primer/Manifesto in One Post (RIDES AGAIN)

NOTE: This post was originally published on January 14th, 2014 at 23:09 CST. It was subsequently removed from my blog in order to make some minor edits and clean up the text. This version has been slightly revised. *** This … Continue reading

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Who’s afraid of chronic illness as disability? An entire field, apparently.

Here is a crucial point: the exhaustion of disabled research subjects comes by way of our historical investment in believing that disability makes a person available for excessive experimentation and bureaucratic oversight (Snyder and Mitchell 28, original italics). The prevailing position … Continue reading

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