Author Archives: s.e. smith

So Long, and Thanks For All the Fish

Before I begin with my farewell post, I would like to note that I am aware of the controversy over the Helen Keller blogswarm and my post published yesterday. I prefer to take time to reflect and consider before responding … Continue reading

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Helen Keller Mythbusting Day 2010

Today, 19 June, is ‘Helen Keller Day’ on Second Life, an event that is designed to get Second Life participants thinking about disability and accommodations, something I wholly support. A group of disability rights activists decided to take advantage of … Continue reading

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Disability Terminology: A Starter Kit for Nondisabled People and the Media

Over at FWD/Forward, Anna recently linked this article on the media’s problem with coming up for terms to discuss disability. This problem is not limited to the media; a lot of people struggle with disability terminology. People want to use … Continue reading

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Bikinis and Bridesmaids and Blubber, Oh My!

As a member of the Order of Fat Curmudgeonly Feminist Hermits, there are few months that I view with more trepidation than June. Not only am I deluged with invitations to social events I dread attending, but I’m also deeply … Continue reading

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Wednesday Fluff: ‘Disturbia’ ASL Music Video

I’ve had this ASL music video for Rihannon’s ‘Disturbia’ on repeat. Transcript (with lyrics in blockquotes) below the cut!

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Keeping Up With Those Little Rascals in Congress: A User’s Guide

Speaking of American exceptionalism, are you interested in tracking what the US legislature is up to? Good, because I got a request for this post, so here we go! While it’s great to rely on action items from sites and … Continue reading

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So, Like, What’s The Big Deal With Transcripts and Stuff, Anyway?

Captions, transcripts, and image descriptions for websites are often framed as being about folks who are d/Deaf, hard of hearing, or blind. It’s about a lot more than that. The Internet has some major accessibility problems, and one of the … Continue reading

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Gender Performance, Athletic Events, Costuming, and Editorial Decisions

I metaphorically unfolded my copy of the Los Angeles Times this morning and was immediately struck by this image: (Photo by Irfan Khan for the Los Angeles Times) The picture is from the World Famous Mud Run, an annual event … Continue reading

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A Gauntlet Has Been Thrown!

Every now and then, I take a few precious minutes out of my extremely busy schedule as a Professional Humourless Feminist to listen to what I believe the kids refer to as ‘popular music’ or ‘pop music’ for short. I … Continue reading

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How Come It’s Never Joss’ Fault? The Scapegoating of Female Creators in Pop Culture

I got into one of those discussions about Buffy the other day. You know, the one where you get all excited because you’re talking to a fellow fan and you want to bask in the greatness and talk about some … Continue reading

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What I See and What I Don’t

Found via Think Progress, a video of an Associated Press reporter diving in oiled Gulf waters and living to tell the tale. I think that there are some really interesting things going on with this video, and they spark a … Continue reading

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Wednesday Fluff!

I’m really mesmerised and intrigued by Albania’s Eurovision entry. I keep coming back to this video because I think there are layers of interesting visual things going on here. The artist is Juliana Pasha, and the song is ‘All About … Continue reading

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