Gattaca is set in the vague near future. You have this guy who was conceived naturally, named Vincent, who is sort of chronically ill because he is a 99% chance to develop heart disease with a life expectancy of 30 and because of that he's discriminated against and can't get employment. Vincent uses the black … Continue reading Timely review of Gattaca
I guess it's been exactly a year since I started blogging. I started writing with the intention of gaining some perspective in my life and it totally worked. I'm right and everyone is terrible. At the start of the year I had my trusty neuromuscular disease which makes it impossible for me to physically care … Continue reading What being a disabled millennial like
The disabled identity is considered to be defined through suffering due to physical pain and extreme prejudice. Those who identify as disabled are considered to be narcissists because the act of embracing that identity is interpreted to be an embracement of suffering in an attempt to gain emotional and financial sympathy. Both disabled studies and … Continue reading Disabling narcissism
The award-winning documentary Unrest by Jennifer Brea was released on Netflix this week, introducing chronic illness to the larger public. Brea is described as a modern-day Odysseus as the movie documents very real and metaphorical journey to discover who and what she is as a disabled woman in her 20s with an invisible disability. The … Continue reading Unrest, a visual handbook for the loved ones of disabled people
The social model of disability was created in 1975 by UPIAS (Union of the Physically Impaired Against Segregation) but was coined as "the social model" in 1983 Mike Oliver, a disabled academic. Disabled people didn't have a civil rights movement until the 80s and much like the feminist movement it was both allies and the … Continue reading Old disabled people are irrelevant
My public persona IRL is incredibly friendly and funny and "eccentric" and I know I obviously developed these characteristics to a cartoonish level because of my disability. You have to survive off of the benevolence of others. But one of the things I do that people refer to as "eccentric" or me just being me, … Continue reading I love my disability
Everyone wants us to die, it's unanimous. They have the capability and the inclination. So why aren't we dead yet? We don't have the power that they do. We don't have autonomy. Our humanity is still disputed. We aren't alive because we fought hard enough, we're alive because they need us.