Stand-Up Comedy And Mental Illness

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David Haglund, a senior editor at Slate who runs Brow BeatSlate‘s culture blog, interviewed Maria Bamford and spoke about her ability as a stand-up comedienne to “engage with questions of mental health in a way that’s serious and thoughtful as well as really funny.” To read more, click here.

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Ask a Woman Who Uses a Wheelchair

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Ask A Woman Who Uses A Wheelchair

Ableism is prejudice against people with disabilities, and like every other -ism, can take on many gnarly forms. Whether it’s negative societal attitudes, the dearth of accessible housing, job discrimination, or targeting an individual for a crime, in her post on The Harirpin blog Caitlin Wood speaks frankly about aspects of ableism. To read more, click here.

The Constant Foreigner

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What is it like to constantly be asked, “Where are you from?” and treated as if you’re not from the United States? A blogger of Chinese and Jamaican ancestry answers that question in a provocative account of a restaurant conversation in Monteagle, Tennessee. Click here to read the article.

Microaggressions Blog

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Microaggressions are brief and commonplace verbal, behavioral, or environmental indignities—whether intentional or unintentional—that communicate hostile attitudes, slights, or insults toward members of marginalized groups, including people of color, women, and members of the LGBTI community. The Microagressions blog collects and publishes reader-submitted descriptions of microaggressions and the impact the microaggressions had on the people who endured them.  Here are two examples:

Look at her. That’s no fair. Why do I have to walk? She’s taking advantage.

I’m a wheelchair user in a large museum. I felt like my struggles with accessibility were nothing and the young, able-bodied man who said this expected pity.

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Excuse me, do you speak English?

—Man at the bus stop. I am an Asian American woman. I was reading Jane Austen. In English.

To read the many posts on the blog and perhaps to submit your own, click here.

The Terrible Bargain We Have Regretfully Struck

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This personal narrative from the Shakesville blog offers insights about the way sexism affects everyday life for women and dampens their ability to easily trust men. The article strikes a chord with the experiences of other marginalized groups  like people of color and persons with disabilities.  To read The Terrible Bargain We Have Regretfully Struck by Melissa McEwan, the founder of Shakesville, click here.

Microaggresions: More Than Just Race

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This is an interesting article about the way microaggressions affect people in their everyday lives. Click here to go to the article.

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