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Mad Men and the Ableist Drive of Production

Although I am finding Mad Men deals with numerous social issues, disability seems to be far out on the fringes. In a 2009 episode entitled “Guy Walks into An Advertising Agency,” disability enters the conversation toward the end of the episode. … Continue reading

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Beware, the Wrinkle

The central antagonist of Snow White and the Huntsman is not Snow White’s stepmother, the Dark Forest, the queen’s dark army, or the huntsman wielding an axe. It is the wrinkle, the threat of aging. Indeed, this fairy tale has multiple points … Continue reading

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Anti-Smoking PSAs Are Anti-Disability

I have read the latest series of anti-smoking Public Service Announcements (PSA) from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) from a disability theory lens, particularly because of the ways the PSAs featured the individuals. Entitled, “Tips from Former Smokers,” the … Continue reading

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Full Blown Ableism. Again.

To those of us who fight ableism, it is no surprise that dominant culture renders differently shaped bodies, bodies out of bounds, or what Rosemarie Garland-Thomson calls “extraordinary bodies,” as childlike, asexual, and dependent. Rosie O’Donnell and Chelsea Handler’s recent … Continue reading

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First Comes Weight Loss, Then Comes Marriage

As we demonize weight gain and celebrate weight loss, the news is out: Ricki Lake is losing weight. In proper regulatory fashion, this “victorious” act is being broadcasted. The Huffington Post reports, “‘Dancing with the Stars’ Premiere: Ricki Lake Already … Continue reading

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Six Ounces of Thin?

After receiving complaints from the National Eating Disorders Association, General Mills has decided to pull the following Yoplait Yogurt commercial: The Association argues that the internal dialogue, the back and forth self-bargaining, that the woman in the commercial has with … Continue reading

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Surprise Pregnancies, Sensationalized T.V., and the Unruly Body

I have just discovered TLC’s show I Didn’t Know I Was Pregnant. The program is in its fourth season and all the while I never knew about its hyper-sensationalized, dramatic stories of bodily terror. After reading viewer comments and several … Continue reading

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