Aug. 14th, 2010

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Anyone know where I can find a tripod heavy duty enough to hold a 4x5 studio camera that weighs probably in the ballpark of 15 pounds that WON'T cost me $300?
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From an email I wrote to a Disabilities Studies guru that I process my off-the-wall ideas with... She's amazing and she indulges me in my thought process.. even at its most wacky and far-out there.


You hit the nail on the head, so-to-speak.... I *DO* mean Disablism as a label for a unique lens of cultural analysis, just as Feminism is a label for a unique lens of cultural analysis. I think it's time we had a label for this because I think that a lot of Disabled folks are self-actualized and taking our experiences as a community and culture and extrapolating ways in which our individual experiences can illuminate or even influence the state of the larger society and its attitudes, beliefs and dynamics.

The linguist in me thinks that most things-- and particularly memes, social movements, beliefs, paradigms, etc.-- can not be fully realized until they are named, and until the name is known by many. Feminism, the word, is a label for a set of ideas and beliefs as well as for the particular lens of cultural analysis created by those ideas and beliefs, and it is understood by many to be exactly that. Similarly, I think Disablism (at least in American culture) could easily catch on as a label for our unique lens of cultural analysis. Naming this lens is a way of declaring its existence to a broader culture that has so far failed to recognize the uniqueness and value of our perspectives.*

Maybe there is another word already out there to describe our particular lens and I don't know about it... Is there such a word?


Don't say I didn't warn you.

* This is an after-thought, but: the other advantage to naming this lens is that with a name comes the wonderful possibility of being introduced to folks who don't know you yet.

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