Tag Archives: ableism

Students Publish Disorientation Guide to Activism at Wes

 

disorientation

So maybe you’re a freshman, nervous and overwhelmed by all the information coming at you about classes, housing, what to bring from home – and are feeling like you can’t even begin to think about bigger issues on campus. Or maybe you’re a senior and feel like you’ve gotten this far and never really involved yourself in any social/political engagement on campus, so now it’s way too late and where would you even begin if you wanted to. Wherever you might stand, activism at Wes can seem like a huge, widespread and unnavigable thing.

Thankfully, some very committed students are trying to change that sentiment and make activism within the Wesleyan world an approachable and cohesive community. This past week, the Disorientation Guide was released through the University Organizing Center site to bring together the wide-ranging issues affecting us into one document. The entire Disorientation zine can be downloaded here, and I strongly recommend that everyone take a look at it.

Amanda Palmer’s “Do It With a Rockstar” Video [NSFW]

Not your mother’s video about having sex with rock stars.

The newest video from Amanda Palmer ’98’s crowdfunded album Theatre is Evil, “Do it with a Rockstar” is a brilliant, overwhelming send-up of your everyday girlie music video. Palmer has quite a bit to say about how it was made on her blog. There are groupies, men in drag who spend more time on their appearance than the band members, and girl-on-girl make-out scenes.

“Bitch doesn’t shave and what’s going on with her eyebrows,” quips one of the drag queens, and Palmer is subsequently found rockin’ some major armpit hair. There is a circle of particularly repugnant specimens of our generation (in her blog post, she calls them “phone drones”) who end up at Palmer’s show despite the fact that she is “a scientologist, an ableist… she hates men, she hates women, she hates everything.” This is probably Palmer’s way of addressing the controversy over her crowdsourcing her touring band, as well as the kind of critical crap that gets hurled at every unconventional-looking woman on YouTube. The girl who says this is later found pulling a salami out of a band member’s pants and eating it.

After seeing the amount of glitter that goes flying in the video, it’s perhaps unsurprising to know that the Flaming Lips’ Wayne Coyne is the director behind the video.

“Hurry Tomorrow” Screening Today!

Come watch Hurry Tomorrow, a film about mental health treatment prior to the passage of several reform laws and and more specifically the conditions endured by male inmates in 1975 at the Metropolitan State Hospital in Norwalk, California. Professors Kurtz and Sanislow will speak after the film about ableism and the history of mental health care in our country.

There will be free dinner from Typhoon!

  • Date: Thursday, March 24th
  • Time: 7:00 PM
  • Place: Exley 150
  • Cost: $0

 

Radical Accessibility Workshop

Allegra Stout ’12 writes in about an accessibility workshop happening tomorrow:

Are you interested in starting more cross-group dialogue and learning about the way ableism plays into a variety of spaces on campus?

Do you want to brainstorm about how to bridge gaps between student groups and work towards making campus activism more dynamic and inclusive?

Then come to our workshop! We will explore the relationship between disability and other categories of identity while working to envision a fully accessible model of social justice organizing. There will be pizza.

Date: April 28
Time: 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Place: Usdan B25

*Are you interested in starting more cross-group dialogue
and learning about the way ableism plays into a variety
of spaces on campus?
*Do you want to brainstorm about how to bridge gaps between student groups and work towards making campus activism more dynamic and inclusive?

Then come to our workshop! We will explore the relationship between disability and other categories of identity while working to envision a fully accessible model of social justice organizing.

**FREE PIZZA**

Date:	April 28 - April 28
Time:	7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Are you interested in starting more cross-group dialogue

and learning about the way ableism plays into a variety

of spaces on campus?

Do you want to brainstorm about how to bridge gaps between student groups and work towards making campus activism more dynamic and inclusive?

Then come to our workshop! We will explore the relationship between disability and other categories of identity while working to envision a fully accessible model of social justice organizing.

**FREE PIZZA**

Date:	April 28 - April 28

Time:	7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Place:	Usdan B25

Place:	Usdan B25