Posts tagged "disabled"

Kanye West Stops Concert To Tell A Fan In A Wheelchair To “Stand Up”

Holy FACEPALM. Last night at a concert in Sydney, Australia, Kanye West stopped the music to call out a few fans who hadn’t gotten to their feet when he told the crowd to stand up during a performance of the song “The Good Life.” Only, these fans didn’t rise to their feet in defiance of…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / September 14, 2014

Frisky Mail Bag: How To Write About Disabilities

Last week in Today’s Lady News, I posted about a man in Connecticut who had his sexual assault conviction overturned by a court. Richard Fourtin, Jr.┬áhad raped a woman with severe cerebral palsy; she cannot speak and has little body movement. The sexual assault conviction was overturned on the grounds that it could not be…

By: Jessica Wakeman / October 8, 2012

Today’s Lady News: Girl Scouts Help Develop A Prosthetic Hand For 3-Year-Old Girl

A Girl Scout troop in Iowa, who calls themselves the Flying Monkeys, helped develop a prosthetic hand for a disabled three-year-old girl named Danielle. Geez, I wonder what kind of badge they earned for that! [The Mary Sue]
A straight Republican by the name of Madeleine Koch, age 24, spoke out on against Minnesota’s impending…

By: Jessica Wakeman / May 2, 2011

Today’s Lady News: Woman With No Arms Earns Her Black Belt In Taekwondo

Sheila Radziewicz, 32, of Salem, Massachusetts, does not have either one of her arms, but that hasn’t stopped her from earning her black belt in taekwondo! For her black belt test, she had to break wood, kick, punch, and spar. Watch out: she’s also got nunchucks. [Boston Globe]
In the wake of gossip blog Gawker’…

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 22, 2010

American Able Photo Series Spoofs Hypersexual American Apparel Ads Using A Disabled Model

Photographer Holly Norris says on her website, “Rarely, if ever, are women with disabilities portrayed in anything other than an asexual manner, for ‘disabled’ bodies are largely perceived as ‘undesirable.’” To combat that perception, Norris has chosen to spoof the highly identifiable American Apparel ads, which the company claims feature “real women,” though only real…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / May 5, 2010

Today’s Lady News: VA Lawmaker Says Disabled Kids Are Punishment For Abortion

Disabled children are God’s punishment to women who have aborted their first pregnancy, Virginia Assemblyman Bob Marshall said in a press conference on Thursday. “The number of children who are born subsequent to a first abortion with handicaps has increased dramatically,” Marshall told reporters. “Why? Because when you abort the first born of any,…

By: Jessica Wakeman / February 22, 2010

Here She Comes, Miss Land Mine Cambodia 2009

Cambodia put the kibosh on a “Miss Land Mine” beauty pageant today, forbidding women who have been injured by land mines to strut their stuff.

According to the Miss Landmine Cambodia 2009 web site, 20 women, ages 18 to 48, who had been disabled by a land mine sometime since 1979, had hoped…

By: Jessica Wakeman / August 3, 2009