Fat Studies and Body Celebration: An Interview with Derek Newman-Stille
Activism and Advocacy / body celebration

Fat Studies and Body Celebration: An Interview with Derek Newman-Stille

Editor’s note and disclaimer: For our first post of 2023, I’m so excited to bring you this interview with Derek Newman-Stille, a professor at Trent University in the field of Disability Studies who has also taught a class in Fat Studies. For many of us Spoonies, our weight is often brought up, sometimes as a … Continue reading

Internalised Ableism, Week 6: One Habit of a Highly Defective Person Who Isn’t Defective
Autism / body celebration / internalized ableism

Internalised Ableism, Week 6: One Habit of a Highly Defective Person Who Isn’t Defective

One of the more insidious forms of internalized ableism is when we look at others and beat ourselves up for not being able to do what they are doing. What makes it particularly insidious is that it is easy to miss that we are engaging in internalized ableism. What makes it so insidious is that … Continue reading

I Built My First Disabled Community With a Fictional Character
Author image / body celebration / chronic fatigue / chronic pain / Crafting characters / Fibromyalgia / Living fully / Spoonie Challenges / Writing journey

I Built My First Disabled Community With a Fictional Character

I’m sure many of you will read that title and think: One too many cupcakes, Cait? Is all that sugar affecting your perception? Nope. It’s true. My first entry into feeling in community with a disabled person was when I bonded with Noola Quirk from Life in the ’Cosm. Okay, yeah, I know it seems … Continue reading

I’m Not F**king Brave
Author image / body celebration / Cerebral Palsy / chronic fatigue / chronic pain / Living fully / Multiple Sclerosis / Represention / Spoonie Challenges / Writing journey

I’m Not F**king Brave

Just to set the record straight, I’m not brave, okay? I live with spastic cerebral palsy (CP) and relapse-and-remitting multiple sclerosis (MS). I can’t count the number of people who have called me brave. I always smile and nod when they say this, but the truth is that bravery has nothing to do with it. … Continue reading

How do you make *this* sexy? Why representation in fiction matters.
body celebration / Cerebral Palsy / chronic pain / Represention / sex / Sexah / Why Representation Matters

How do you make *this* sexy? Why representation in fiction matters.

“How do you make this sexy?” a reader asked me, gesturing to her wheelchair in the middle of one of my sex education Q&A sessions. The question stumped me because the answer isn’t an easy one. The short version is: You don’t. There isn’t anything inherently sexy about using a wheelchair or a walker, or having … Continue reading

What’s in a Name?
Author image / body celebration / Represention / Writing journey

What’s in a Name?

I have an interesting relationship with pen names. I’ve been writing since I was eight years old, and I started thinking about a pen name almost immediately. It wasn’t that I disliked my name, exactly. I’m very attached to the name given to me by my parents,—mostly because I’m very attached to my parents—but I … Continue reading

When Illness Becomes a Dragon
body celebration / 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