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2017-04-11 09:17 pm

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Have made epic attempt to locate LJ friends on DW. If I haven't added your Dreamwidth account & you want me to know what it is, please say hello.
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2017-04-04 02:43 pm

PSA

I'm shifting from my LJ account to using this Dreamwidth journal instead. Ugh, and suchlike noises of discontent.
taimatsu: (yomikoface)
2013-04-09 09:54 pm

Disability rights - a rant

So, for assorted Reasons I said I would post something about disability issues, in the context of a conversation about possible cures/treatments/fixings for certain conditions. The conversation in question rather upset me and I thought that an LJ post would be the best way to explain why. I do not claim it is well-expressed or especially coherent, it's simply my best effort at the moment. It may also sound quite pissed-off, because I was. Am.

Please note this is a rare public post.


The conversation we had wasn't just a lovely theoretical debate about a political issue. It felt like it was erasing people like me - disabled people. I know it's easy to forget I have a disability but if I'm outside my house I rarely get to forget it myself.

If we lived in a perfect utopian society then the only problem with having a 'disability' would be with pain or discomfort or similar issues, and I see no problem with working to alleviate or cure those things.

But as it is, people are 'disabled' by a society which does not accommodate their needs or accept their differences. E.g. my hearing impairment does not cause me any problems when I'm at home in my own space, or talking to small numbers of understanding people. It becomes a problem when I have to be in spaces with a lot of background noise, when announcements are made on poor quality speakers, or when people refuse to face me and speak clearly. The problem is caused by those external factors, not by the fact that I have a weirdly-formed ear. Some people with short stature might find that the problems they face are primarily because of others' attitudes to them and a lack of accessible services, not because of any problem with the working of their body. Some people with autism, again, might find that they could live perfectly happily the way they are if it were not for other people's assumptions about social rules and public environments, and the idea that so-called 'normal' ways of behaving and relating should be universal.

Someone made a comment about letting parents choose for their child whether to correct a condition or not. In a world where there is a bias against disabled people this is not a true choice. Even with conditions where there is no pain/discomfort involved, parents would generally choose not to expose their child to negative treatment by others, so they would choose to remove the condition. People with disabilities would become rarer and the norm would be that these things should be changed. This process reinforces the idea that it's not ok to be disabled.

My point is that I am disabled, and I want my friends to understand that it's ok to have a disability. I am revolted by any suggestion that disabilities should be routinely cured, removed, tested for and eliminated, or otherwise phased out; in a utopian society where we could fix everything and there were no prejudices or barriers against disabled people, perhaps this would work, but in the real world right now, these things just reinforce the idea that anyone different is defective, that there's one perfect way to exist, that there's one type of body and set of abilities that is acceptable and deviations should be corrected.

You don't get to have an academic or theoretical debate about this stuff in front of me (or about feminism, or about queer rights, and really just avoid stuff like race and trans rights too, thanks, even though they aren't my personal battles) because I do not have the luxury of a detached position from which to argue. I can't discuss this stuff without it applying to me. I can't state my position without arguing for my own existence and I can't hear you 'debating' with me without hearing you disagree with my existence. So if it's not something that applies to you, ask questions instead of stating your views and try to do some  research before asking to be educated by someone else. We may be able to have a constructive discussion but you need to tread very carefully.

The bottom line is that you need to understand that if you make approving comments about curing/testing for disabilities, I'm going to hear that you either don't give a shit about me, or you do actually think that people like me should be 'fixed'. I don't need fixing - the world needs fixing. Fix the world first.
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2011-09-06 01:58 pm
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Rare public post

Post-Bicon, people often make public posts with anonymous or screened comments, welcoming anything people might have meant to say at Bicon and didn't manage. So - hello, I was at Bicon, I'm Lucy, I played the guitar and wore a very sparkly white outfit on Saturday night. If we talked, or even if we didn't, and you'd like to say hello or keep in touch, leave me a comment. They aren't anonymous but they are screened, and I won't unscreen them unless the comment says that's ok.

You can leave me a comment even if you didn't go to Bicon, of course.
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2010-08-02 09:35 pm

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My shower curtain is yucky and I want a new one. I'd like one similar to the current one, which is made of clear plastic (not fabric) with a printed swirly pattern on. I don't mind about the pattern, but I definitely want the curtain to be see-through otherwise the shower space will be too dark. Argos don't seem to have any plastic curtains like this - does anyone know where I might get one?
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2010-03-31 07:58 pm

Quick camera question, public post

If I were going on holiday soon and wanted to buy a digital camera which is better than that on my iPhone 3GS, takes SD cards (because I already have one) and costs under £100, what should I buy?
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2010-03-18 09:37 pm

A little bit of roleplay-related luuurve.

It is Storyteller Appreciation Day, for the roleplay-aware amongst us! I will be brief, but I do want to say that [livejournal.com profile] inskauldrak and [livejournal.com profile] davedevil are not only *currently* awesome STs (of the Mage - Age of Wonder game running in London) but always *were* awesome STs when I played Mage in the Camarilla. I had many other extremely cool and fun STs in Cam ([livejournal.com profile] lanfykins springs to mind) but towards the end of the OWoD Mage Chronicle Michael as my local ST and Dave as the ANST Mage really pulled things out of the hat, and were generally brilliant.

I am also feeling the love for [livejournal.com profile] mistress_carrot today, as she has been running a really enjoyable all-girl Seventh Sea tabletop campaign which I have been having a lot of fun with.

Thank you to these people, everyone else who has ever run a game I've played, and all of you who are STs, GMs, DMs and refs in general - you give a lot of people a lot of pleasure, and it's very much appreciated.

(P.S. Anyone spot why the icon's appropriate?)
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2010-01-05 07:35 pm

Emusic/Linux help needed

I am Quite Pissed Off.

I signed up for eMusic on a whim last night, knowing that Eve had used the site before and that they had some of the sleep/relaxation music I wanted. They claim to support Linux, and I knew that when Eve was first using the site she had been able to download MP3s without using any special software.

NO LONGER.

Ranting and geek-help-needed under here )
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2009-12-29 08:08 am
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Very quickly: I am back in Reading and off to work this morning. The flat is horrendously cold and I have already spent about an hour too uncomfortable to take off pyjamas. Christmas was amazing ( I have an iPhone!) and I don't want it to be over. But I do want my back to stop hurting...

Posted via LiveJournal.app.

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2009-12-01 08:08 pm

Blue Flow

I want blue gloves for The Wave on Saturday. Where can I get them? Sainsburys only have washing-up gloves in yellow, green or pink. Woolly or blue-nitrile gloves would be fine too... I suppose woolly would be best as my hands would be simultaneously warm and blue. Ideas welcome. Has to be well under a fiver though.

Place bets now on whether I'll manage to learn the Splashdance in time!
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2009-11-20 05:31 pm

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By accident I began playing Last.fm's 'psytrance' channel in a web-brouwser while I had Bruce Springsteen's 'The Mansion on the Hill' going in Amarok. The latter goes *surprisingly* well over the top of the start of 'Phoenix' by Asura. Once the heavier beats kick in the key signature mismatch becomes obvious, but before that it's really rather cool. Must experiment further.
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2009-11-01 10:26 pm

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The moon seems to be full, and my front patch is bathed in bright bluish moonlight. It's lovely.
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2009-09-21 09:26 pm

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I have a copy here of 'The Wolves in the Walls' by Neil Gaiman. I was given or lent it by someone; I can't remember which and I can't remember who. If it was you, please enlighten me so I can return it as appropriate, as I have a feeling it was probably a loan :)
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2009-08-18 07:31 am

Me Claudius

People I'm seeing this weekend may be particularly interested in this little gem from the Muppets. Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] weds for bringing it to my attention.
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2009-05-28 01:21 am
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Cookery

I think I might make potato salad tomorrow. I've got new potatoes and mayonnaise. If you were me, what else would you add?
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2009-05-23 06:19 pm

Poem, for no reason in particular

I've been thinking of this one recently. Have a poem.


My Dearest Dust
Lady Catherine Dyer

My dearest dust, could not thy hasty day
Afford thy drowzy patience leave to stay
One hower longer: so that we might either
Sate up, or gone to bedd together?
But since thy finisht labor hath possest
Thy weary limbs with early rest,
Enjoy it sweetly: and thy widdowe bride
Shall soone repose her by thy slumbring side.
Whose business, now, is only to prepare
My nightly dress, and call to prayre:
Mine eyes wax heavy and ye day growes old.
The dew falls thick, my beloved growes cold.
Draw, draw ye closed curtaynes: and make room:
My dear, my dearest dust; I come, I come.

Epitaph on monument erected in 1641 by Lady Catherine Dyer to her husband Sir William Dyer in Colmworth Church, Bedfordshire.
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2009-05-13 10:00 pm
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MPs expenses furore

I'm terribly confused about why MPs are falling over themselves to repay chunks of their expenses claims to save their reputations. Surely the damage is already done, in that they are shown to be the kind of people who would work the system to its fullest extent and claim for things they ought to have known most ordinary people would think unreasonable? It's not the amounts that bother me so much as the sense that these people felt it was ok to claim for swimming pool this and garden pergola that, and are still saying "it was within the rules" rather than "I shouldn't have claimed for that as it was not honestly essential to my accommodation as an MP."

Anyone got any insights?
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2009-05-05 09:28 am

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[livejournal.com profile] miss_corinne's got a new post up at Simply Understand - she's translated the current government consultation on Protecting Crowded Places from terrorist attack into plain English.

I thought this one in particular might be of interest to my civil-liberties-campaigner friends. This might be a consultation you want to respond to or direct your readers, if you blog, to pay attention to. Also, Simply Understand is a great site and you should read it. :)
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2009-04-29 02:56 pm

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Taimatsu here. I haven't decided yet what I'm going to use this account for. I probably won't post much yet, but I'm thinking about it, and reading other people with interest!
taimatsu: (booksbooksbooks)
2009-04-19 04:32 pm

and how do you define sublimity anyway?

I need a collective noun.

If I make a list which contains the items "the picturesque", "the romantic", "the sublime", "the grotesque" and so on, all referring to characteristics of literature, what can I call them other than 'characteristics'? They aren't all moods, I don't think they are themes... what *are* they?