Disability Tropes 101: Overcoming
Crafting characters / Disability Tropes 101 / Represention

Disability Tropes 101: Overcoming

One of the most problematic tropes that is projected onto disabled people and our narratives is the trope of Overcoming. In these narratives, disabled people are able to “overcome” their disability (that is, become able-bodied) by working hard and pushing boundaries. Disability activist Eli Clare observes: “Overcoming bombards disabled people. It’s everywhere. I think of … Continue reading

When Illness Becomes a Dragon
Body positivity / chronic fatigue / Living fully / Myalgic Encephalomyalitis / Spoonie Challenges

When Illness Becomes a Dragon

I feel that the image of an unruly beast of fierce proportions best conveys just what place incapacitating chronic illness occupies in one’s life. This beastie is like a tantrum-prone toddler that keeps you in a state of constant vigilance for fear  it will bring you down so low, getting back up might take longer … Continue reading