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Degeneracy Now! Suspended Between the Violence of Time and the Timelessness of Violence

November 20, 2013
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Degeneracy Now! Suspended Between the Violence of Time and the Timelessness of Violence

Several uneventful Friday evenings ago, I stayed in with my best friend to watch In Time, starring Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried. The film, written, produced, and directed by Andrew Niccol, takes place against the backdrop of a dystopian world in which the universal means of exchange is not money, but time. In the...
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Our Lives Matter: Toward An Intersectional Politics Of Disability

November 18, 2013
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Our Lives Matter: Toward An Intersectional Politics Of Disability

The mantra “nothing about us, without us” echoes through the streets and hallways of disability liberation movements around the world. Of course, the “us” brought into view here is neither consolidated nor all-encompassing. Like non-disabled folk, disabled communities negotiate a multiplicity of politicized identities, socioeconomic locations, and embodied experiences simultaneously. While it may seem...
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A Black Crip’s Perspective on Fashion and Embodied Resistance

February 26, 2013
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A Black Crip’s Perspective on Fashion and Embodied Resistance

My mentor Darnell L. Moore’s recent piece, Black Freaks, Black Fags, Black Dykes: Re-imagining Rebecca Walker’s “Black Cool” jolted my consciousness about the ways in which our aesthetic, as bodies transgressing societal norms, can be a site of empowerment. Several years ago, I made a conscious decision to dress to the nines every time...
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Feminists We Love: Kim Katrin Crosby

February 22, 2013
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Kim Katrin Crosby is a daughter of the diaspora ~ Arawak, West African, Indian, and Dutch ~ hailing from Trinidad and living currently in Toronto. Kim is an award-winning, multidisciplinary artist, activist, consultant, facilitator, and educator. She is co founder of The People Project, a movement of queer and trans folks of color and...
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Oscar Pistorius: Salvaging the Super Crip Narrative

February 19, 2013
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Oscar Pistorius: Salvaging the Super Crip Narrative

That prosecutors have charged double-amputee track athlete Oscar Pistorius with the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp has made headlines throughout the world. Together with fellow South Africans and many others, I have been attempting to make sense of the unfolding tragedy. From the vantage point of a black crip feminist, I am both...
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Able Normative Supremacy and the Zero Mentality

February 5, 2013
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Within our neoliberal cultural imaginary, disabled people are rendered as bodies lacking agency. As a result, the measures of progress used to gauge the inclusion and liberation of disabled people within an able-normative supremacist culture tend to be organized around, what I name, “the zero mentality.” Let me explain. Globally, disabled people, most of...
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