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Friday 24th of November 2017 (UTC)

Samantha Connor

Census Fail Makes Disabled Australians Grin A Bit

Like other disabled Australians, the #censusfail furore is making me grin. Over the past month, the nation has been immersed in the type of outrage only afforded to the privileged. Billboards encourage passersby to tell the government that they are atheist if they no longer subscribe to a religious belief. Impassioned expressions of outrage about […]

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The Buck Stops With Us

Do you remember the time your mother said to you, ‘I feel so much grief and anger that I had you instead of the child I really wanted’? No, neither do I. You can’t talk about love and grief in the same mouthful and expect your child to buy it. What, you’d never say it […]

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Damien Little and Geoff Hunt were not ‘good blokes’. But who are the perpetrators we are NOT talking about?

He’s not a good bloke. He’s a murderer. Two days after Damien Little drove his car off a Port Lincoln wharf with his two children, we’re calling for some balance. You’re not a victim if you take out your two small children with you – you’re a criminal. The same goes for Geoff Hunt, who […]

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It’s Time to Have a Conversation

Trigger warning – abuse, hate speech, offensive language Freedom of speech advocates say that society will regulate itself, and that hate speech against disabled people has no impact upon those people. They should turn the other cheek. I do not think this is true. ‘People kill abortion providers not simply because they believe abortion is […]

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Wirla

There she is, that mouthy girl. Fines owing. And look at her – bashed, not looking good. She’ll probably be better off in lock-up, she’ll get a feed. 5pm, August 2. Click on the handcuffs, cold against her dark skin. She’s another number today. Three grand’s worth of driving fines, and jeez she’s a difficult […]

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An Open Letter to Destroy the Joint – We’re Waiting

Dear Destroy the Joint, Last week, you told us that you apologised for excluding us from your page and from the ongoing conversation about violence against women. This is what you said; Dear Destroyers, Let us begin with a belated and unreserved apology about the way we have handled the comment moderation in this instance. […]

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On the Bus

It is so frustrating. Destroy the Joint are counting dead women, mostly women who are killed by men. Destroy the Narrative are counting dead men, only those who have been killed by women. For both those groups, they are counting the people who have been killed ‘this year’. But for many people with disability, nobody […]

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Australian feminist forum – Destroy the Joint, blocks and bans all women with disability

The Apartheid of Mainstream Feminism (or when is a woman not a woman?) When is a woman not a woman? When she’s disabled, of course. It’s been a sad week for women with disability who are battling for inclusion in feminist circles. But it’s nothing new. In 2013, Stella Young wrote an article about ‘The […]

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Virtually Non Existent

I don’t exist. Neither do many of my friends – specifically, those with disabilities. I discovered this recently when playing the Sims, a ‘life simulation video game series’, developed by EA Maxis and published by Electronic Arts. It’s one of the best selling video games of all times – it has sold more than 200 […]

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They Built A Wooden Coffin

She locked him in a cage, in the corner, because he wouldn’t do what she wanted him to do. He tied her to the bed so that she wouldn’t leave the room. Every night, for two years. They built a wooden coffin, with a padlock, and soundproofed it with egg cartons so they wouldn’t hear […]

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