Can you recommend any links or books for learning how to undo ableism? Mostly all I've heard about is to not use ableist slurs, but there's more I need to learn about than word choice. I'm especially interested in learning how to notice ableism in my own thinking and attitudes, and ideas for better ways to think and do about it instead.
some links about ableism re: learning how to undo
@frameacloud I disagree with the post's uncritical acceptance of "stupid" as not ableist (it's possible the author does too, it's a two-year-old repost of a Twitter thread from who knows how much earlier than that), but http://www.anamardoll.com/2018/05/storify-what-is-ableist-language.html gets at some of the thought processes that the language comes from and some of the structural injustices that illuminate the weightiness of ableism as a problem.
https://ballastexistenz.wordpress.com/2016/05/01/there-is-ableism-somewhere-at-the-heart-of-your-oppression-no-matter-what-your-oppression-might-be/ is kinda interesting on how ableist ideas are a part of - potentially - every kind of bigotry. As such, it probably pulls out and describes at a lot of the thought processes and attitudes that produce ableist thinking.
(The same author wrote https://ballastexistenz.wordpress.com/2016/05/01/dont-ever-assume-autism-researchers-know-what-theyre-doing/ about anti-autistic bigotry in autism research, which describes some examples of ableism but is of course more specific.)
Packfox wrote https://dragon.style/@packbat/104955360056232613 in response to some fediverse meta, but she wrote it intentionally to be very much general principles - at 222 words, it's briefer than the other ones I've linked.
https://weld.eerie.garden/blog/2019/09/30/synonyms-ableism.html is a nice post about the exact kind of impulse you talked about needing to avoid: substituting words without challenging thinking and attitudes. It also gets a little into the idea that the concept of intelligence is a bigoted one and has some links to other stuff, so it might be good re: our comment earlier in the post about that.
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@frameacloud Not sure if this is quite what you're looking for but we like to read disability studies theory & also broader critiques of the medical insititution...they've deffo helped us reframe our thinking on such topics
We like Foucault's Madness & Civilization, which is a historiography & critique of psychiatry, and Jasbir Puar's "The Right to Maim", a recent disability studies book
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What's helped us about as much (and is deffo more accessible) are tumblr posts, the only readily available link we have atm is tumblr user librarycards, especially their tags "antipsychiatry" "psychiatry" "saneism" & "pathologization" --the posts also often include links to further reading as well!
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I'll take a look at that, thanks!
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