I was “So Lucky” to Review Nicola Griffith’s New Book: A CripReads Review

When I was asked to write a review of Nicola Griffith's upcoming novel "So Lucky" (to be released May 15) I had no idea that the most frustrating part of the process was going to be figuring out how to summarize the book without spoilers. I have ultimately decided to give up on that entirely … Continue reading I was “So Lucky” to Review Nicola Griffith’s New Book: A CripReads Review

#HotPersonInAWheelchair and the Longevity of Bigotry

Four Years ago former Jeopardy Champion Ken Jennings tweeted an offensive joke https://twitter.com/KenJennings/status/514125105426071553 So, why am I writing about a four-year-old tweet? Isn't it old news and basically irrelevant now? Unfortunately, no. This tweet caused controversy at the time and because it is still online, people are still using it to harass disabled people. I … Continue reading #HotPersonInAWheelchair and the Longevity of Bigotry

The Shape of Water is a Toxic Romantic Fantasy: The Issues With this Disability Romance Narrative

    This post contains spoilers   I know I’m late in presenting an opinion on Guillermo Del Toro’s The Shape of Water but considering that the Oscar nominations were just released and Del Toro’s film has garnered a number of nominations including Best Actress for Sally Hawkins, I may be late but I’m certainly … Continue reading The Shape of Water is a Toxic Romantic Fantasy: The Issues With this Disability Romance Narrative

Dear Judith Newman, I’m Writing this For You because You Didn’t Write For Me

    Dear Judith Newman, I have not read your book To Siri With Love and I frankly don't intend to. I know this will frustrate some people, maybe even you but I don't actually think it is relevant to the thing that I want to criticize. I have seen my fellow actually autistic people … Continue reading Dear Judith Newman, I’m Writing this For You because You Didn’t Write For Me

The Good Doctor Continues to Infantalize its Autistic Character

After watching the second episode of the new ABC series The Good Doctor (you can read my thoughts on the pilot here), I am left wondering if Dr Shaun Murphy could possibly have gone to medical school. He has a vast understanding of certain aspects of medicine and biology but no real comprehension of practical … Continue reading The Good Doctor Continues to Infantalize its Autistic Character

The Good Doctor Lives Up to Expectations as Stereotypical Inspiration Porn

Yesterday the new ABC drama The Good Doctor premiered. I have had my concerns about the show ever since I first saw the trailer in May. All of my concerns have now been validated. The show's portrayal of autism is deeply stereotypical and like so many portrayals of autism centres around an essentially magical autistic … Continue reading The Good Doctor Lives Up to Expectations as Stereotypical Inspiration Porn

#KiehlsxAutismSpeaks: Buying Face Cream won’t Help Autistic People & Neither will Autism Speaks

    There is so much wrong with the #KiehlsxAutismSpeaks campaign that I hardly know where to begin. The campaign has two components, the first is a consumer component which donates a portion of sales to Autism Speaks. The second is a social media campaign which raises money based on the number of shares a … Continue reading #KiehlsxAutismSpeaks: Buying Face Cream won’t Help Autistic People & Neither will Autism Speaks