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86: Academic - Babies and Bows or Bows and Arrows? / Disability and the Problem of Horror
Rebecca Holden and Rob Spirko

This was an interesting panel and I enjoyed it, but as of right now I don't think I got all that much out of it. Rebecca talked a lot about the Hunger Games trilogy and other dystopias, their popularity and criticisms of them. Rob Spirko talked about Frankenstein, the old movie "Freaks", and the uncanny valley. The fear of disfigurement, pain, and death are on Stephen King's list of basic horror tropes. I recommended Sarah Monettes Labyrinth books as fantasy-horror books with disability in them.

97: Beyond Etiquette, How not to disable people with impairments

Ann Crimmins, Haddayr Copley-Woods, Jesse the K, Ann Keefer, Me

This panel was GREAT! Our mod was awesome! We had to do a last minute room change which got my heart pounding really fast, but it all worked out. We talked about the kind of stuff I always talk about here.

Stuff mentioned:
Vital signs: Crip culture talks back
Kestrell's bibliography
John Varley, the Persistence of Vision
Unbreakable (movie) -- character gets more disabled as he gets more evil
Harrison Bergeron -- society makes people disabled in order to equalize everyone
Among Others, Jo Walton
works of Lois McMaster Bujold
Izzy, Willy Nilly by Cynthia Voight (YA, not SF)
NYU Medical Anthropology Sever

What we would like to see: accurate portrayals. Characters who are disabled but the story is not about their disability. Sex! PWD in communities and being politically active.

Date: 2011-06-02 01:55 am (UTC)
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"Characters who are disabled but the story is not about their disability."

Yes. thank you. THANK YOU. This has been a complaint of mine for a long LONG time.


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