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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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"My freedom ends where your safety begins."
                                               --how a teacher explained freedom of speech in 7th grade

I’m a big believer in safe spaces. Having to navigate somewhere that isn’t my house takes a lot of effort; I only noticed just how much effort once I left school and stopped having to spend 6 hours a day in a strange-to-me place. But I’ve always felt most comfortable in my house–my bedroom, especially. Maybe that’s why I like stories about people trying to protect their homes from outsiders.

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