Disability Blog Carnival – January

Welcome to the first edition of the new version of the Disability Blog Carnival.  It’s great to hear from so many people who are glad to see it continuing.  I’ve only had two submissions but I’ve also spotted a few interesting posts so I’m including those too.

First we have this post from The Goldfish – The Sessions: Discussing Disability and Sex Work.  The Sessions is a film based on an essay by a disabled man discussing his use of a sexual surrogate.  I’ve not seen it as it’s not been on locally to me but I’d like too.  The Goldfish manages to discuss the issue from many angles and raises several good points.  As always I come away from her longer posts with plenty to think about and feeling like I need to go back to it when I’ve had my thinking time and reread it.  There are no spoilers for the film in her post but she does link to the original essay which obviously, could be spoilerish.

As I think I wrote when I posted the call for submissions one of the things I like about the carnival is finding new blogs.  Yasmin’s blog is called Damn The Muse and is a new one to me.  She submitted her post Attempting to remain disABLED about her scooter breaking and trying to fix it herself when the system is causing problems and delays in doing so.

Now we come to a few posts that I’ve spotted on my travels around the net:

In Brightest Day: Ableism in Harry Potter contains some of my favourite things.  Harry Potter and a discussion on disability issues, specifically the ableism (referred to by some as disablism) faced by Remus Lupin and Gilderoy Lockhart.  I knew that there were several disabled characters in Harry Potter but Lockhart hadn’t occurred to me.

Awareness can be a bit of a touchy subject.  I have done disability awareness talks in the past.  But what I always try to do with those is show that being disabled doesn’t have to be a bad thing.  It’s got it’s negatives and it’s challenges but that’s just life for everyone be they disabled or not.  Facebook seems to forever be full of posts encouraging me to post this or sign that or share this status to raise awareness of CP or childhood cancer or special education (every week seems to be special education awareness week to judge by facebook).  And a lot of the time I read those things and I scroll past thinking “why do I need people to be aware of my CP? What difference will it make to me.”  I’d much rather be known as Emma and show all the interesting things about me than be known as the girl with CP who only talks about disability stuff.  Besides, what would you rather read on my page, the fact I need you all to be aware of CP and the fact it’s my disability or the fact I had chocolate digestives for breakfast (I didn’t today but that was my status a couple of weeks ago) and finally got to leave the house on Friday after being snowed in for a week?

It can be a little bit controversial to share that I don’t often get the point of awareness raising posts so to be honest I’ve been keeping my mouth shut and my fingers away from the keyboard.  But that’s why this post from Grace Quantock (another new to me blog) Why I don’t support awareness raising had me nodding along and saying “yes” as I read it.

I spent a lot of yesterday giggling at the “normal awareness” posts on facebook which were started by Disability and Representation and seriously cracked me up.  A tongue in cheek look at the inspiration porn disability photos that frequently show up online.  Although I strongly suspect based on comments I saw that a few nondisabled people didn’t get it!  Tonight I discovered their blog and How to talk to normal people: a guide for the rest of us has totally made my day.  I love it.

And something I don’t love so much but which has been entertaining me tonight is the Heard Whilst Disabled hashtag on twitter.

The next carnival will be on 28th February.  Submissions can be left in the comments here, tweeted to me @FunkyFairy22 or emailed to ejcrees@googlemail.com.


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