Friday Five: Definitions of 'Ableism'

Sep. 22nd, 2017 07:46 pm
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So -- over on Tumblr, someone made the comment that you can't call out people for their ableism if they don't know what 'ableism' means. So when we in the disability community talk about it, we're basically preaching to the choir.

So I've decided to post a definition of 'Ableism' with slightly different phrasing each time every couple of days. ...Most of the definitions are my own words (or will be). One is from Merriam-Webster Online, and one is from Disability Rhetoric by Jay Timothy Dolmage.

Here are the ones I've got, so far:

1) Ableism is when you discount someone's humanity because they do not have all the 'standard' abilities we're taught to expect.

2) Ableism is when you accept a culturally contrived 'standard' of human ability, and measure the value of a human life against that standard.

3) Ableism renders disability as abject, invisible, disposable, less than human, while able-bodiedness is represented as at once ideal, normal, and the mean or default. [That's Dolmage's)

4) 'Ableism' is the idealization of ability.

It is a bias that credits anyone who has abilities we admire with good moral character, while discrediting the moral character of disabled people.

5) 'Ableism' is a subconscious filter in our perception; it only lets those with a 'full set of abilities' into the category of 'human.' Those with less than a 'full set' are often treated as inconsequential, or even invisible.

ohh IIIIIIIIIIII...II'm still aliiive

Sep. 20th, 2017 10:55 am
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A little Pearl Jam for ya there. I used to be all into them in the 90s, even saw them at Lollapalooza in 1992. Now I can't bear listening to them, or honestly a lot of music from that period. So. Fucking. Depressing! Thank god I discovered electronica and techno halfway through the decade.

I'm finally bouncing back from my last bout of chemo, which was last Monday, a week and a half ago. Worst one yet, whoo! It was compounded by the cold I caught from my student employee. I guess I was lucky to make it through without getting sick thus far, immunocompromised as I am. Whatever, at least I'm feeling better now, and the metallic grossness in my mouth is beginning to dissipate. And I [hopefully, hopefully] just have one more to go. \0/

Also...my eyelashes are beginning to grow back, which is so great. You guys have no idea how important eyelashes are, and I don't mean just aesthetically, though that is nice [and to me, almost as pleasing as the hair on my scalp]. They really do protect your eyes from dust and grit. If I didn't wear glasses most of the time I'd be tearing up constantly from all the crud in them.

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The mornings are lovely and brisk. It's almost October! And almost time to start decorating the office for Halloween. SO EXCITED. Halloween is the BEST. This year, because we share space with IT now that our new building is in the process of construction, we are joining forces. They usually go crazy with spiderwebs, and I usually do full-on Gothic, so that'll be fun. I will pull all my post-mortem framed photos out of storage, and all my black spray-painted flowers and gilt candelabra and skulls and black drapery and little velvet and glitter and feathery ravens. We have a lot less surface area this year, but we'll make it work. :D

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I still have my summer clothes out because it's still in the high eighties and low 90s during the day, but next week it's supposed to get down into the low seventies! Oh my goodness. Of course then we'll get hit by a wave of nothing but 93 degree weather.

This weekend, at least, I intend to transition from spring/summer to fall/winter perfumes. CAN'T WAIT. My fall/winter perfumes are a thousand times more awesome anyhoo.

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My older sister and I went to see Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan in the cinema the day before I had my last chemo. I hadn't seen it in...oh, at LEAST fifteen years, I imagine. I forgot how good it was, though I had to close my eyes at the parts with the worms, AAAAAGH. And...were those really Ricardo Montalban's pecs? Once and for all. Cause if they were, he was cut, man. It was SO much better than Into Darkness. Sorry Benny! I love you and all, but there were years of history behind STII and genuine relationships behind the drama. I had tears pouring down my face at the end, and then, of course, I had to go home and watch the best vid ever.



Le sigh.

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In other...fashion news, a few days ago a girl came in wearing shorts that revealed the entire bottom half of her ass. Now, I genuinely want to not give a fuck about other people's fashion choices, and I don't consider myself terribly prudish, but I couldn't stop boggling. I mean, she had a nice ass and everything, so props for that...? But this was the ENTIRE BOTTOM HALF OF HER ASS. I mean, she might as well have worn a thong and left it at that. No bueno, muchacha. You're not on Spring Break. -___-

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Speaking of Benny, I saw the trailer for The Current War and it looks sort of, um, boring. I'll go to see it, and I hope it's good, but I'm skeptical. If even a trailer is deadly dull, I'm terrified for the prospects of the actual movie. But I have a MoviePass, so movies are a lot cheaper if I go to see more nowadays. I am looking forward to seeing The Child in Time, though. That looks good, even though I'm not generally a fan of Ian MacEwan.

I think BC is hotter when he does flashy roles like Sherlock. I thought the same about Ewan McGregor - I loved him way more in roles like Obi-Wan and Curt Wild than in roles where he played a writer or a reporter or whatever. I suppose that says more about me and my preferences than about the actors I like.

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I started watching The Defenders and got bored after the third one. I realized I was really only watching for Matt Murdock and there wasn't enough of him in it to satisfy me. If someone makes a Matt-only edit, LMK. Oh, and if they included Sigourney Weaver and Rosario Dawson that would be cool too, but the rest of them, meh. I don't even care about Jessica Jones anymore. :-/ I don't know what happened. It feels like it's trying too hard or something to be edgy, and I can't stand the dull-as-Wonder-Bread guy who plays Iron Fist at ALL.

God, I sound so cranky. I don't mean to dump on it, I just don't think it's for me anymore. :(

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So, I decided to wear a wig today, because it's been freezing in the office, and a wig is way warmer than a bandana or scarf. I could wear a woolly hat, but I've got the wig, might as well wear it. And one of my death cafe pals, a cancer survivor, had a wig she never wore, so she gave it to me, so now I have two. Pics under cut )


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I wrote last night - 1500 words! It would be great to finish my chapter this evening. I'm close to completing my CP story. I feel so guilty for taking so damn long with it. :-/

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At my therapist's recommendation, I am taking up the heavy bag in order to purge some anger. I have obtained an empty canvas punching bag from one of the guys at work - need to fill it with cotton rags or old towels or blankets or something, which won't be a problem - yay thrift stores. And, I have purchased MMA gloves and liners...in PINK. Of course in pink! I want to hang the bag outside, but I'll have to wrap it in a tarp or something so it doesn't get all gross. Not that we get a lot of rain or snow, sheesh.

I'm looking forward to it. I need this, mentally. And honestly, I could use the upper body workout. I literally do NOTHING for my upper body. I need a power playlist.

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I suppose that's all the news that's fit to print for now. Hope you're all having a wonderful day and night.

I'm meeeelting

Sep. 19th, 2017 03:13 pm
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My thermometer reads 107.2F 41.8C

I just... can't... I went out for a few minutes to do more picking up (still have bits of plastic from a neighbor's shredded roof tarp, & have begun taking out the plastic privacy strips woven into the sagging chain link fence I still haven't tried to get removed). And it's just... I watered a few plants and refilled the bowls I leave out for birds/stray cats & gave up.

Still writing on my Team Iron Man fic. Wish I was also in drawing mode for Spoonflower, but I'll take what I can get. Writing is better than not being creative, even tho it earns no $$-- but it is good for my ego. :^)

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Tree Fellas

Sep. 17th, 2017 08:04 am
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So far, looks good. Father & Son guys came by at 8am & gave me a $300 estimate to do the job. They're going off to give an estimate somewhere else & say they'll be back in 2 hours to cut my tree.

Yay. I do NOT EVEN CARE if the tree dies as a result, I want it lowered down far enough I'll be able to trim it myself next year. (It probably won't die. Hurricane Andrew in 1992 knocked it down, we cut it to a STUMP and it came back.)

YAY. They came back and did it. (It's now 9:30) They did a nice clean job & even raked up leaves afterward. *GLEE* I added $40 for a tip, because 2 guys did 95% of the work & I was going to give them $20 each, but then 3 more showed up to finish the last 5 minutes of picking up the wood, so I just gave the $340 to Son & he can decide whether /how to divvy.
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The Knuckleduster Cowtown Creator by Forrest Harris (1999)

I'll give you three guesses which fandom I had started dabbling in when I saw this in a post by an online acquaintance and had to track down (luckily second-hand) for myself :)

Obviously, it was written for RPG enthusiasts to help them create their Old West towns: less for reading, more for reference. All manner of good stuff like the typical businesses in town, floor plans for buildings, goods available in all kinds of stores and suggested prices, typical character types and the jobs they might do, medical skills (and what doctors couldn't do), livery prices, stagecoaches and robberies, morse code and restaurant meals, fancy house euphemisms and gambling games, and of course lists of names (people, horse, stores, towns and so on)... not what an expert on the period might want but for someone who wanted to get their game right, it's wonderful.

And for a humble little fanfic writer who has a complete fascination for domestic detail and wants to get her stories to at least sound right... it's been a treasure :) to the point where I scanned what I found the most valuable bits of the town/character stuff and keep the scans on my hard drive so I can take the information with me wherever I might be scribbling...


Tree-mendous...

Sep. 16th, 2017 07:31 pm
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Ok, my body is calling it quits, in addition to the bum left shoulder, and trick left knee, I now have a dodgy right ankle. I do not KNOW WHY, it's not as if I did any injury... probably I'm just the one-hoss shay that fell apart all at once. :^)

My hands and arms and back are legitimately sore from work, but the other bits just decided to give up.

I kept trying though, and I ALMOST had one of the higher branches. Cut through all but a tiny fraction and it swung down and STAYED, at an angle and height where I can't cut it, adding to the three branches that broke during the storm in much the same way.

So I tried once more to find a tree trimmer, this time I asked my boyfriend Google 'tree trimmer' and it asked tree trimmer near me? And I was all for that.

Found 2 close to me, one was shut for the day, the other said 24 hours, which I figured meant I could at least leave a message. 'Father and Son Tree Service'. Father doesn't speak much English, but was polite & told me to call back in a few minutes to speak to his son.

Spoke to the son about half an hour ago, & he said he'd come by in an hour or two to give an estimate.

*FINGERS CROSSED* I think it may be too dark soon, but if he doesn't show up I'll try him again in the morning.

EDIT: 2 hours later he called to ask if he could come by in the morning. Glad I thought to ask WHEN because he said 7:30-8am? There's been times that's when I went to bed... not gonna argue, will just have to get to sleep EEEARLY.
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This is a "chat" I posted to my Tumblr, today. And I'm posting it now, in response to This story segment from [personal profile] dialecticdreamer, and the ensuing discussion.




Disabled Person: I need a wheelchair.

Wheelchair Manufacturer: We won't sell you one unless Medicare will pay for it*

Disabled Person: I need a wheelchair.

Medicare: Can you walk 20 feet?

Disabled Person: It's 40 feet from my front door to my bedroom...

Medicare: Can you walk 20 feet?

Disabled Person: I can, but it's excruciatingly painful, my balance is terrible, and I risk falling at every step.

Medicare: Then No.

Disabled Person: Why not?

Read more... )



*Footnote: Even if you are wealthy enough to purchase a wheelchair out-of-pocket, many suppliers still require proof of insurance. And even private insurers copy Medicare's policies when it comes medical equipment and mobility aids.

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Sep. 15th, 2017 08:33 am
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Oh wow, you all probably don't know about Howie. He is a Yorkie I adopted two years ago. He's got major anxiety issues but I love the little monster. I'll have to post pictures of him and Drake when I get home.

Ow, but *sigh*

Sep. 15th, 2017 08:58 am
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My left shoulder hasn't been happy with me for quite a while, and it really doesn't appreciate tree trimming. I finally decided to try calling a tree trimming service, hoping the mad rush would have died down by now.

Nope. Too busy. I tried another old card & he's out of the business. I have two more business cards but they're even older and entirely written in Spanish. I do not have the energy to deal with the inevitable miscommunications there.

So... back to doing what I can, only slower, make the right arm do more of the work. If it gets too bad I'll just give up and try again in a few weeks. I've removed a lot of the broken stuff, but it's got to the bigger, higher branches now & that's reallllllly slow.

CURRENTLY 99.7 F --- 37.7 C

yEah, break time. WHEW.
Heat continues, Tree cutting continues )
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My rambling spoilery thoughts on the first two books of the October Daye series by Seanan McGuire [twitter.com profile] seananmcguire. On audiobook, narrated by Mary Robinette Kowal [twitter.com profile] MaryRobinette.

Rosemary and Rue )

In regard to the audiobook itself, Mary Robinette Kowal did a great job. I don't think I can imagine Toby as sounding like anyone else, now. Of the other voices she did... I love Tybalt the best.

So I went on to "A Local Habitation". Audiobook again. Chores become so much more pleasant when one is listening to an urban fantasy mystery. Massive SPOILERS for A Local Habitation )

Yes, more audiobooks of this series are on their way to me.

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Sep. 14th, 2017 02:56 pm
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Ok but Netflix might not do a horrrible job at a B7 revival. Maybe.

I WILL SURVIVE.... *warbling music*

Sep. 12th, 2017 03:52 pm
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Yes, I'm back! I had power restored 2 1/2 hours ago (ok, that's when I started this post). I caught up on my AO3 updates, & comments and subscriptions and then just sort of wallowed in the joy of power! and internet! AND DEAR GOD, the blessing of air conditioning.

Life is good.

more trivial stuff )

Morris first aid

Sep. 12th, 2017 09:28 am
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 We were dancing at Swanage Folk Festival this weekend and I had the usual use of our team first aid kit, a child with a scratched finger needing a plaster (it's hardly ever team members needing it).

However, not long after, a dancer twisted a foot mid-dance. He swapped out and tossed his stick to me and we finished the dance without missing a step. After the dance was over, I got out the emergency ice pack and a crepe bandage and applied both. By the afternoon (with the bandage re-applied) he was well enough to walk the procession, but sensible enough not to try stepping.


There are days when I'm very glad that I carry that kit around wherever we go.

(The item that I deliberately included in the kit, but hope never to have to use, is an eye pad. One has to be realistic about the risk of stick injuries when it comes to Border morris.)

Apart from having the right kit to treat the injury, the other big plus for me was that the dancer in question knew I could instantly replace him and we swapped without affecting the dance at all.  I
 work hard to learn every position in every dance (which is not to say that I never make mistakes) and it means that I can fill in almost  anywhere.  Some dancers only ever learn a single position.  They'll dance second in line on the left in dance A and in position 3 in dance B and so on.

I tend to visualise dances from an overhead viewpoint, so I see the overall pattern and that means I remember "First corners cross" rather than "I swap places with Henry". I've also been dancing for most of my life, so half the patterns are second nature anyway.

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Sep. 11th, 2017 08:56 am
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1. If every two or three days the most enormous heavy black spider casually wanders across my sitting room, and I put it in a pint glass (the only glass it fits under) and take it half way down the street and release it into a hedge, is it the same spider coming back each time? Do I need to get more murderous? Or is there just a hive of them somewhere in a corner? I really want it to stop.

2. I'm watching Blue Bloods because there are seven seasons of it and an eighth on the way. It is a cop show set in New York, so I'm not a good audience for it. All the television fails to be NYPD blue but when you are literally about the NYPD it is harder for me to cope with you. It's also super scary conservative, and not trying that hard. But there are eight seasons of it, and I am data inputting until death so I am drinking it whole. I've just started season 2 and they've turned the colour up (like the colour colour) and also introduced a liberal black mayor to be reluctantly impressed at magnum's white catholic cop values and how he is always right and conservatism is good and honest.

3. I'm babysitting puppies for a friend from work. They're so gorgeous. They're so small and they weigh nothing and they tumble over each other and wee everywhere. They're two boys, and they're half yorkshire terriers and half shih tzus. They're black and white with brown eyebrows. I was worried that Rita would hate having puppies in her house and I'd have to spend the whole time keeping them apart, but she loves them and started playing with them after just five minutes and then didn't stop until they fell asleep. They're staying til Thursday but actually I'm not going to give them back. (I am definitely going to give them back. They've been here less than 24 hours and I'm exhausted.)

Hello all!

Sep. 10th, 2017 05:17 pm
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Just wanted everyone to know that I got a call from feng-shui-house and she is fine. Her power is out, but I'm sure once it's back up and she's got internet access, she will regale you with hurricane tales.

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