War on the disabled

The Goldfish drew our attention in comments to a blog, which campaigns against the government’s War on the Disabled, a.k.a., the government’s ‘benefit reforms’. Where’s the Benefit? has detailed information about those reforms, and descriptions of what it’s like for those who are too ill to work, but who will soon be having/have already had their benefits taken away.

4 thoughts on “War on the disabled

  1. Monkey,
    while I appreciate the posts you occasionally compose about disability and disabled people, I have perceived a pattern. All of the posts (that I can recall) concern “government benefits” (and cuts to them) whereby disabled people are “recipients” of government benefits, are (to quote JJ) “utterly disabled,” unemployable. Surely this reinforces stereotypes of disabled people. It also seems odd, given that this is a blog primarily (though not exclusively) concerning issues related to feminism and education, the university, and the discipline of philosophy especially. I recognize that this might be happening because you really want to give some discursive space to issues about disability and disabled people (a laudable aim) and can find little written about disabled philosophers. But, THAT is surely a problem; and I think that is something you/this blog should try to ameliorate, not cover over, or a matter from which you/the blog should veer away.

  2. Monkey, I really appreciate your posts (and think you, Jender, heg, jj, et al do a great job of incorporating disability into the discussion on this blog). I’m sure I’m not the only disabled philosopher who sees the issues of disability pride and feminism as closely linked. I like to think that efforts at inclusiveness in these areas can be and are a team effort.

    So anyway, thanks.

  3. Thanks. We do try, although I’m sure we could do better.

    Remember, everyone, you can send suggestions for posts to us. Life sometimes gets in the way of following up all the suggestions, but we try and cover the issues people raise.

  4. While I agree with magicalersatz that non-academic issues with respect to disabled people are certainly welcome, the point I wanted to make was that I don’t think these should be the central focus of discussion about disability on this blog, which usually seems to be the case. I would like to see analysis from a disability studies perspective of other issues raised here. For instance, as part of your gendered conference campaign, there was (extended) outcry about a conference on Singer and abortion that didn’t include women. Since Singer has targetted disabled people as part of his utilitarian calculus, I should have liked to see some acknowledgement and discussion of this, as well as the fact that a disability studies approach wasn’t included. Sexuality is another one. Since disabled people are widely regarded as asexual, most claims made about “women’s sexuality, the sexual objectification of women, etc.” don’t apply to them. Claims about reproductive freedom (which does not mean the same thing for disabled women that is means for nondisabled women) is another one. Suffice it to say that just as there can be a feminist perspective or perspectives on most events, practices, institutions, etc. there is (or is developing) a disability studies perspective on these matters.

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