is M. Night Shyamalan's latest film. Over the course of its story, teenage girls are brutally attacked, watch their friends die, and get both their entrails and strategically sexy parts of their clothing ripped to pieces by a monster. The characters are one-dimensional and unrealistic, nothing more than plot devices. It's basically your generic B-movie, except for one very crucial difference: The monster isn’t the result of a science experiment gone horribly wrong or a supernatural demon. The “monster” is a person with DID, or Dissociative Identity Disorder
Honestly, saying 'person' is a bit of a stretch as Shyamalan never treats Kevin, our monster, with any shred of humanity. In Shyamalan's vision of mental illness, Kevin doesn't get to be a person. Every other character, no matter how flat, has a life outside of the horror narrative. Kevin's entire existence, in contrast, is that of brutal violence and … Continue Reading ››
Each Friday at NOSmag, I'm going to post some links relevant to neurodiversity news and culture criticism around the web. This is what I've been reading and that I think you should be reading too. Feel free to add links of your own in the comments!
Watch the Appointments
: Ari Ne'eman discusses why White House appointments matter when it comes to figuring out the Trump Administration's priorities when it comes to disability.
: Alice Wong of Disability Visibility Project
made a Storify of an important post-Women's March discussion -- How can we make sure organizing is accessible to disabled people?
Not Everyone Wants the Cures the Cures Act is After
: Comedian Maysoon Zayid discusses the fact that some disabled people don't want to be cured.
Autism and Infantilization in Video Games
: Madeleine Slade
discusses autistic representation in some contemporary video games, including the smash-hit Undertale.
Congress Should Rescind … Continue Reading ››
What started out as a small group of women coming together after the election turned into one of the largest demonstrations in American history. It was for women. It was peaceful. It was sassy. And importantly, it incorporated a population that is often excluded from progressive causes: The disabled community. But you might not have known that from media coverage or even the programming of the Women’s March itself.
When you have a disability getting to and participating in demonstrations involves detailed advance planning. In order to help out, the Women’s March had an ADA tent. I volunteered While working in the ADA tent, I heard from many people who had difficulty on buses and airlines, difficulty trying to rent or borrow mobility equipment, and difficulty asking friends and family to help support them during the march. I asked a friend to come, not only because I wanted her to be … Continue Reading ››
Serge F. Kovaleski is a Pulitzer-awarded investigative reporter at The New York Times. He has been a journalist for more than 30 years and has worked for the New York Times since 2006. Kovaleski has been in the media quite a lot recently, but most times I see his image or hear him discussed, his name has been stripped away. He has been re-shaped into the iconic “disabled reporter mocked by Donald Trump.”
I am not defending Trump’s mockery. It was childish and despicable. That said, in the long litany of Trump’s offenses against human decency, it is not the worst thing Donald Trump has done during this election cycle. But Kovaleski has been treated poorly now by both sides and it’s time to stop presenting him as a token in ongoing political battles.
Trump is not the only one to assault Kovaleski’s humanity. Since Trump’s ridicule , the story has been … Continue Reading ››