Can we ditch the fatty anorexics but save our own stupid selves?

Support For People With Eating Disorders - Anorexi Bulimi Kontakt

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Bloggingheads.tv threw up an interesting piece last week that begins with a discussion surrounding obesity (The entire segment is titled “The Skinny on Obesity“, but note in advance that the conversation is less focused than the title implies; they switch topics and discuss carbon emission regulations for the last half). I was struck by a number of the claims that were made throughout this discussion and most particularly by the way that later comments contrasted with earlier ones. It is in this contrast, especially given the subject matter, that I believe there is a valuable lesson regarding how we should view answers to the question “What sorts of people should there be?” Continue reading

Outside the Box / Performing Disability

For those in NYC, courtesy of Simi Linton’s Disability Culture Watch:

The Society for Disability Studies &
New York University’s Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality
Presents an ALLIGER ARTS Production

OUTSIDE THE BOX / PERFORMING DISABILITY

An International Cabaret Showcasing Music, Spoken Word, Dance, & Drama

ONE NIGHT ONLY! June 20, Friday – 8 PM

Eisner and Lubin Auditorium, NYU Kimmel Center
60 Washington Square South, 4th Floor
between LaGuardia Place and Thompson Street
New York, NY 10012

Outside the Box/Performing Disability presents an international array of provocative, exotic, and cutting edge performers.

There has been a seismic shift in disability arts over the last decade, both in form and content. Using unique configurations of body, voice, and mind, disabled artists are constructing new art and new art forms.

Mat Fraser, internationally known actor and playwright (Sealboy: Freak, Thalidomide: The Musical) will emcee the event. Fraser was most recently featured as Puck in The Kaos Dream, a revisioning of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which toured Britain last Fall, where it enjoyed rave reviews, sell out audiences, complaints from Catholic School teachers, and standing ovations. Continue reading