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Recommended film

Music Within, 2007, Rated R, starring Ron Livingston, Michael Sheen

From IMDB: "The true story of Richard Pimentel, a brilliant public speaker with a troubled past, who returns from Vietnam severely hearing-impaired and finds a new purpose in his landmark efforts on the behalf of Americans with disabilities."

Richard Pimentel was one of the movers and shakers behind the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act. Being me, I would have liked to see more politics and community organizing, and less romantic/personal drama, but overall I really enjoyed it.

Interview with Richard Pimentel at Diversity World

Official movie website with trailer

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Disability 101 talk

This morning I gave a talk about disability (and queerness) for an intro to LGTBQ studies at [personal profile] cabell's request. My notes are here, plus I talked about Glee some, and we showed part of this YouTube video of a wheelchair ice dancer as a contrast to Artie's fake wheelchair dancing.

The whole talk went really well! That is the most talking I have done all at once since... probably since last WisCon. They asked really good questions and a couple of students gave me movie recommendations. The professor complimented me.

One question: "How do you feel about the term 'differently abled'?"

To which I said: "I'm not really a fan. I think that the X-Men are differently abled."

And they laughed! Yay!

One person asked how my family reacted when I told them I was disabled, to which I had to admit that I don't really talk to my family about disability activism, because they don't seem to get it. I'd rather go talk to strangers about it!

Overall it was easy and fun, would do again.

Now I feel a bit overstimulated and headachey. Time for SimCity. :D

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The Power of the Right Metaphor

I was reading the other day at This Ain't Livin' about the Ashley X case: On Growth Attenuation and Moral Compromise. A warning: This is an upsetting case to read and learn about. (Thanks [personal profile] kanata for the link).

I first heard about this at a talk I went to where a candidate for a professorship was giving a slide show and lecture focused on disability. During the Q and A someone raised the issue of the Ashley X case. The questioner summarized the controversy and some discussion ensued. I remember that one young woman in particular seemed confused and defensive/uncomfortable.

The presenter, whose name I unfortunately do not recall, let the discussion go on for a bit before stopping it. She said, and I paraphrase, "All of the medical details can get confusing and upsetting, so I like to use a metaphor. Imagine you are caring for your elderly grandmother. It's difficult to get her up and down the stairs and into the tub because she is a tall woman. So, to fix this problem, you decide to cut off her legs to make her smaller."

That silenced the room.

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WisCon business

Please sign up for WisCon programming. Sign ups close on March 18!

Also of note: On your "edit bio" page, under "Preferences", you can request disability accommodations if you wish. Click the box and then type in what type of accommodations you request. This can be things such as ramping to the stages, types of seating, or whatever.

If you need an accessible hotel room, please call the hotel.

Send questions or comments to access35@wiscon.info

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Disability talk, feedback welcome

Disability talk for Cabell’s class

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Feedback on this is welcome.

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Movie reviews - documentaries

*I love the "Choose random icon" feature on DW. But, it makes me think it's time to switch my icons out for some new ones.

This Film is Not Yet Rated - 2006

I found this a bit disappointing. It was too long and a bit content-light, and a lot of it I already knew-- the ratings system in Hollywood is biased against queer movies, female sexuality (ie, women enjoying sex), and male nudity. Meanwhile it gives a pass to violence. The ratings system itself is shrouded in secrecy. I enjoyed the interviews with directors of films such as But I'm a Cheerleader and Boys Don't Cry whose films were not treated fairly. But the self-insertion of the director, as he hires a PI and tries to figure out the identities of the people on the ratings board, was ultimately unrewarding to watch and kind of silly.

The Celluloid Closet - 1995

I loved this movie! It is a very engaging history of queer characters in film. Many wonderful interviews, many movie clips from silent films onward. Certain people watch films searching for coded messages, in the same way that slash fans have slash goggles. Certain facts are revealed that I almost don't want to spoil you for if you haven't seen this movie! Some of the films are obscure and some are very famous. At times funny and poignant. Highly recommended.

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Get your protest on

I went to the protest for an hour in cold and snowy weather; I stood with [personal profile] cabell and [personal profile] laceblade to hear Bradley Whitford and Gabrielle Carteris speak. They talked about being a part of actor's unions and Brad spoke about being from Madison and gave a shout-out to East High School students who walked out of school. Gabrielle said she was paralyzed doing a movie and it was her union who helped her. A physics prof from UW-La Crosse spoke to say that they just voted to unionize in support of this effort.

There were many good signs, I am uploading some photos to Flickr as I write this. There were also some signs in very bad taste, including several calling Walker a "Koch whore". I said to laceblade, "I see no reason to disparage whores! The working girls could benefit from unions."

I also overreacted and yelled at a man telling us to cross the street while we waited for a cop to direct us. Perhaps I'm wound a little tight. "I think it's OK to over-react to mansplainers," laceblade reassured me. I've been fighting on Facebook again too! I need to chillax.

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Go labor unions!

I was busy all day today and am tired! I want to update my blog anyway. I worked and then went downtown for the protest. It was awesome. The best part: Firefighters in formal dress, with bagpipes out front, marching around the Capitol. They were followed by state union workers. Painters, welders, sewer workers, teachers, grad students, veterans, kids-- many many people out at the Capitol today. Felt like a party. We are getting coverage from NPR, NY Times, and MSNBC. Facebook and Twitter and are political right now! I made a comm, [community profile] wisconsin, and [personal profile] laceblade has posted some links there.

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