Climate Change: An Unprecedentedly Old Catastrophe

This article is a slightly adapted version of an article published online in Grafting Issue 1 (June 2018) by the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge and Blackwood Gallery* (Toronto, Ontario). Guest Post by Kyle Whyte Indigenous peoples of Turtle Island have already passed through human-caused ecological catastrophe at least once in their history. […]

‘Microaggressions’: Just Another Word For Practices

In my previous post, I refer to both microaggressions, in general, and linguistic microaggressions, in particular. I also claim that linguistic microaggressions are intentional and nonsubjective tactics, that is, are directed at specific aims and objectives (are intentional) and can seldom be attributed to a given actor who introduced them into discourse and practice (are […]

Ableist Language and Other Everyday Assaults on Disabled People (or, Stop Talking About “People with Disabilities”!)

Language, a ubiquitous sociopolitical mechanism, operates intentionally and nonsubjectively, and can produce microaggressions whose effects are far-reaching. Language, Lane Greene remarks, is a genius system with no genius. “Bound by rules, yet constantly changing,” Greene notes, “language might be the ultimate self-regulating system, with nobody in charge” (Greene 2018). In systems of language, words and […]

Bird Box’s Mental Illness Problem & Blindness as Metaphor

I just ran across a post that is quite thoughtful about the mental illness stigma rife in Bird Box. Unfortunately, to make the point, the headline for the essay uses blindness as a metaphor for ignorance!: “Netflix’s ‘Bird Box’ is blind to the issue of stigmatizing mental illness”. This is precisely the problem with all […]

Perfect You

I still can’t decide which is better: a book of feminist philosophy, such as Kate Manne’s Down Girl (2018), that disregards disability almost entirely, or a book of feminist philosophy, such as Heather Widdows’s Perfect Me (2018), that seems to add disability to its analysis as an afterthought and does so in a way that […]

Between Bird Box and A Quiet Place: Blockbuster Depictions of Disability

Recently, I watched Bird Box (2018), a new Netflix horror film starring Sandra Bullock, Trevante Rhodes, and John Malkovich. Since its release on December 21, the film has made a huge impact on social media and is the subject of hundreds of viral memes. While Netflix does not usually release viewership numbers, they say 45 million […]