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“”Don’t walk behind me; I may not lead. Don’t walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.”

I don’t like the seniors’ class motto. Walking next to me is not a friendly act. People do it so we can have a conversation, certainly. But if we’re out in public, I’m trying not to get lost. I don’t have the mental bandwidth to navigate and talk to someone at the same time.

Even worse, people who want to walk beside me often insist on walking on my left-hand side. I don’t notice a lot of things on my left. What they experience as “not looking me in the eye” or “not being friendly,” I experience as “someone’s sneaking up on me.”

When I see the senior class motto on its felt banner at school assemblies, I know I’m being silly. My mother’s voice chides me in my head: “You have NLD and are being literal. It’s not talking about actually leading or following, or walking next to people. It’s a metaphor.” I know it’s a metaphor. That’s why it bothers me.
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FWD/Forward is a new group blog of/for feminists with disabilities. From the Mission Statement:

It is a place to discuss disability issues and the intersection between feminism and disability rights activism. The content here ranges from basic information which is designed to introduce people who are new to disability issues or feminism to some core concepts, to more advanced topics, with the goal of promoting discussion, conversation, fellowship, and education.

This site does not claim to speak for all feminists with disabilities. However, we are trying to cultivate a broad perspective which incorporates as many experiences and viewpoints as possible. We have attempted to assemble a diverse team of contributors with a broad spectrum of disabilities who come from different cultural, racial, religious, and class backgrounds, as well as age groups, and we welcome contributions such as guest posts, suggestions for article topics, and engagement in the comments from people interested in disability issues, disability feminism, and related topics, especially if those contributions will broaden our perspective.

We are very committed to accessibility; we want everyone to be able to enjoy our content. To that end, we commit to fully captioning and describing any images published here, transcribing text in images and audio content, and taking any other steps which can improve accessibility. We also welcome translation of our content into other languages. If you identify an accessibility issue here, we most definitely want to hear about it.

The site has just started up, but there’s lots of really excellent stuff there already, including an Ableist Word Profile series, and a series “about representations of disability in movies, television shows, and books.” (The series’s inaugural post examines the television show Joan of Arcadia.)

It’s awesome. Get thee over to disabledfeminists.com and check it out.

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Renee at Womanist Musings is hosting a blog carnival for women of color and allies. As she explains:

It is my hope to be able to run this carnival once a month and feature posts that show an intersection of racism and all of the “isms”. It is often the invisible elephant in the room and the more we all work hard to shed light on the different ways in which our society is divided the closer we will move to a post racial world.

Here is the link to the carnival web page…Please take the time to submit something. I would like to also remind everyone that I am accepting guest posts, so if there is something you want to get off your chest, just send me an e-mail. I am trying to broaden the conversations that happen here.

You can also post links to me in the comments, or send them via e-mail to terakrk AT gmail DOT com. The first edition of the carnival will run on February 15; subsequent editions will run on the 15th of every month.

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]It’s official: Steven Totilo, high-profile game journalist for MTV, sucks at Street Fighter II:

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I’m sorry for neglecting this blog. I’ve been pretty busy lately–the site owner of GameCritics.com (where I’ve written video game reviews for several years) has asked me to blog about gaming and disability. I’ve wanted to do more of this kind of writing, but have been afraid to do much of it because, well, I don’t know anything :). I talked it over with Chi (the owner) and he pointed out that I didn’t have to write anything major: just calling gamers’ attention to intersections of disability and gaming cultures could be good.

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hat tip: Ms. CripChick:

I read about this project a while ago, and am psyched that it’s still going forward. So, get submittin’!

What the Hell is a Radical Woman of Color?
Real Stories by Radical Women of Color and Allies
An Anthology

Contact: info@adelenieves.com
Deadline: Wednesday, November 9, 2008 (see the editor’s comment)

Format, topic ideas, and payment/project agreement below the cut.

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Blog Love

Thanks to Terri at Barriers, Bridges and Books for giving me this award. Isn’t it cute?

I Love Your Blog award

[Image Description: A piece of lined notebook paper with the words “I [heart] your blog” written on it. There are also some doodles of happy faces, a smiling sun, and the words “Love Love” with a heart next to them.]

I pass the cuteness on to these 7 blogs. (Only 7?! Holy choices, Batman!):

All 4 My Gals

Nicole writes about life with her husband and four girls, who are all awesome. One of them has Down Syndrome.

Biodiverse Resistance

Shiva writes about diversity in all forms. Lots of good stuff about disability, feminism, transgender issues, and cryptozoology.

If It Ain’t Broke….(and what happens if it is?)

The author has NLD (among other things) and a job in medical records. If that’s not cool, I don’t know what is.

cripchick’s weblog

Ms. CripChick works for social justice in the most inclusive sense. As she recently wrote:

I believe it IS strategic to talk about other systems of oppressions—how else can we expect to have the system of oppression we face as disabled people recognized? How can we even go into social justice work uwilling to talk about the privileges we have?This can’t be done in a superficial, let’s-high-five-Dr.-King way. What good is our activism, anyways, if it’s based on the backs of others?

And her poetry rocks, too.

Monster’s Creed

Kristopher writes clearly and passionately about the transphobia/cissexism and other stuff affecting trans* people. Plus, my addiction to Ponystars is totally his fault :).

My Private Casbah

Bint, a.k.a. Tulip has an incurable form of cancer and a gifted artist daughter. She writes about everything from racism to feminism (and racist feminists) to disability rights to sex workers’ rights to GLBT issues to life in Louisiana. And she isn’t afraid to throw the odd bit of foul language in, either.

Random Reminiscing Ramblings

elmindreda is elmindreda. Although she isn’t doing autistic self-advocacy anymore, her blog is full of excellent stuff about disability rights. And game design. (Game design!)

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