Work

Work

I’m currently taking law classes and this semester is Tort Law, which is all the negligence, slip and fall, accident stuff. ¬†It’s a lot more than that too! ¬†A huge subject. ¬†As I read my textbook last night I felt rather furious about how suing for injuries works. ¬†If you get injured, then you find someone to blame, and you try to get money from them. ¬†Kind of makes me feel sick. I know we punish people in this society with money, with taking away money, but I wish there was a better way. The thing that upsets me is the whole thing is designed to squeeze as big a payout as possible by playing on people’s pity (for a disturbingly accurate portrayal, see the beginning part of the movie A Civil Action). ¬†It is a huge step backwards for disability...

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Glee

Glee

I am on the fence about Glee and its disabled character, Artie. ¬†I continue to watch the show, but after three seasons I still don’t know how I feel about the character’s portrayal. ¬†Certainly, this show is not realism and is not meant to be. ¬†It is absurd and over the top, the characters are not realistic, they are¬†caricatures. ¬† ¬†And that’s the fun of the show. The Good 1) Artie is treated just like all the other kids, as much of a loser and social outcast as the other gleeks 2) Artie is given romantic relationship plotlines 3) He is now part of the dance routines. ¬†In the first few episodes he was almost always with the band, over on the side, playing guitar. ¬†Eventually, though, they started putting him into the dance routines with the other...

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Cosmo Profile

Cosmo Profile

Just stated reading my Cosmopolitan magazine this month and imagine my delight in discovering that the “true story” section this month features a beautiful quadriplegic woman! This section is for “shocking” true stories, so of course it played a little bit on that drama with the title, “Her Bachelorette Party Left Her Paralyzed.” The article was good, though.¬† It was interesting to me that she is less than a year post-injury and seems to have a very rational perspective on the whole thing.¬† I suspect that part of that is simply the experience of being in the media. Profiles like this need you to be one thing or another, they don’t allow for the natural variety of one’s emotions and experiences.¬† What I mean is, for...

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Abilities

Abilities

I’m currently taking law classes in a paralegal program and it leads to some very interesting things to ponder and discuss.¬† My class this semester is on Tort law and last night we talked about assault and battery. Battery is when you physically touch someone in an unwanted way¬† (i.e., hit him), but assault is when you make someone afraid that you will soon touch them in an unwanted way (i.e., threats, telling someone that you are about to hit him).¬† In order for it to legally be assault, the person being threatened has to believe that there will be imminent harm.¬† Part of that¬† condition is that the person who puts you into apprehension has to be capable of committing the act they are threatening. The teacher literally said, “For example, a...

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Star Wars

Star Wars

If you are like me, you never think of Star Wars¬†being a movie with disability in it. ¬†A friend recently pointed out that Darth Vader is so bad-ass that you never think about him being a vent-dependent triple-amputee! I love that. ¬†He is disabled, but so powerful that no one crosses him. It would be ¬†a problem to me if the movie suggested that he became a psychotic bad guy trying to take over the world because he was bitter about the disability. ¬†Many writers would go that direction with it. Star Wars doesn’t go there. ¬†The disability is completely in the background and not used as part of the plot, except for the way his suit makes him look and sound super scary. That’s a win. ¬†Congratulations, Star Wars, I know you were just waiting for my approval!...

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