Independence and Feminism: Alternatives to the Social Model of Disability

Independence and Feminism: Alternatives to the Social Model of Disability

In the way that a woman is only disadvantaged for being female if the world is designed for men, a disabled person is only disabled in a world designed for the able-bodied. This is all covered under the basic social model. However, I would go further to state that the Western patriarchal notion of bodily control as a virtue - – particularly desired of women – directly impacts cultural negative attitudes towards disability…

Is the Social Model still relevant to the needs and experiences of disabled people?

Is the Social Model still relevant to the needs and experiences of disabled people?

The social model of disability is an ideology that states that disability is socially constructed. This week’s post has been written by Sarah McKelvey, who has ADHD and has experienced physical disability in the past. She imagined a panel discussion between experts in the field of disability, revealing some of the strengths, weaknesses and controversies of the social model…

No Justice for First Nations Women

No Justice for First Nations Women

The prison system is an absolute failure. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women are over 20 times more likely to be in prison than non-Indigenous women. Nationally, over 60% of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women in prison been in prison before and, in Queensland, it's closer to 70% for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women.

Recipe for social change

Recipe for social change

Udaipur, fondly known as the 'City of Lakes', has a romance unmatched in Rajasthan; if not all of India. If you ever find yourself in the city, you should stop by Kodiyat village to taste the freshly baked ‘oat and maize’ cookies produced by the women of the village. These cookies are more than just high in nutrition…

Domination redeployed: the entanglement of race and gender in the Australian Refugee and Asylum Seeker regime

Domination redeployed: the entanglement of race and gender in the Australian Refugee and Asylum Seeker regime

In the state of so-called Australia, gender and race are deeply intertwined within the structure of the colonial state. Take Australia’s Refugee and Asylum-Seeker regime – it is punitive, protectionist and border-centric. Both race and gender are central to the logics that uphold the regime; they conceptually construct and validate