Lots of important feminist-related and intersectional news/commentary this week, including Disabled People Against the Cuts’ open Letter after the 8 December High Court ruling against their challenge to the closure of the Independent Living Fund, plus discussion of the how the new legislation prohibiting a range of sexual acts in online media impacts on women…
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It doesn’t really matter what the bill includes because, to Frances Fitzgerald, it doesn’t really matter what the law does – whether or not it “works”, whether or not it harms sex workers. Sex workers themselves do not matter. This is why their views have been so readily ignored throughout this process: because as far as Irish policy-makers are concerned, the law is not really about them anyway.
We ask you to imagine what it will be like, for people who have been enabled to live a full life, be with friends and family, go out, work, study and enjoy recreation, to have all that taken away, and find themselves trapped inside, all day, every day, with choices over what they do, when and how, removed.
The goal [of the legislation] is to censor freedom of information and access to knowledge. These regulations will not affect the big media conglomerates who peddle mainstream porn; it seems to be targeting and censoring forms of female sexuality that are not normative… The legislation threatens perfectly lawful domestic trade, the livelihoods of many self-employed people, many of them women… It is crushing independent, creative views of sexuality in favour of a one-size-fits-all mainstream heteronormative porn. – Itziar Bilbao Urrutia
Most of the coverage I’ve seen of the last item in this round-up has concentrated on the piece’s ‘invasion’ of the X-Factor‘s ad break and Channel 4’s framing of the video as “an alternative to painfully dull manufactured pop”. Do add a link to the comments here if you know of any articles offering a more detailed analysis, particularly by disabled writers, or give us a shout at [email protected] or [email protected] if you’d like to write one for us.
Disabled women’s protest march in 1967, when over 200 members of the Disablement Income Group gathered in Trafalgar Square to hand a petition to Prime Minister Harold Wilson. This is a sepia shot showing a mixed gender group of wheelchair users and walkers holding signs with the messages ‘BRITISH DISABLED HOUSEWIVES DENIED EVEN NATIONAL ASSISTANCE’ and ‘DISABILITY + POVERTY = DESPAIR‘. A number 59 bus is visible at the back.
By Andrew MacLear and shared on Flickr by Tony Baldwinson, under a Creative Commons License. Accessed 16 February 2003 at the Bradford National Media Museum.