The Ragged Edge

The Disability Experience from the Pages of the First Fifteen Years of The Disability Rag.

Anthology edited by Barrett Shaw.

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“The Disability Rag is the voice of a mighty revolution, and this stunning collection from its first 15 years will become an invaluable primer for anyone who wants to understand the new thinking of the disability rights movement. Here are the urgent, spirited and provocative stories that have changed the way people — disabled and nondisabled — have come to view what it means to have a disability.”
–Joseph. P. Shapiro, National Public Radio, author of No Pity: People with Disabilities Forging a New Civil Rights Movement.

“Reading The Ragged Edge [anthology] is like sitting in on a vigorous, sometimes funny, and often irreverent roundtable discussion of the issues that most concern all humanity, disabled and nondisabled, whether they admit it or not. Some of the voices are reflective, some sad, some furious, but none will lull you to sleep. On the contrary, you’ll feel ready to roll on out and transform the world.”SW
— Nancy Mairs, author of Plaintext, Carnal Acts, Ordinary Time and Waist High In the World

238 pp. Paperback. | ASCII Diskette.
$18.95
ISBN 0962706450 | Copyright 1994
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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Introduction … page ix

PREFACE:
Why We Do What We Do … page xiii

Cass Irvin

 

COMING TOGETHER

Aphasia … page 1

Seeking the Disabled Community … page 4

Edward L. Hooper

Like Squabbling Cubs … page 7

Mary Jane Owen

Malcolm Teaches Us, Too … page 11

Marta Russell

Disability Culture Rap … page 15

Cheryl Marie Wade

 

IMAGE AND IMAGES

Survivor … page 19

S. L. Rosen

Thoughts on Thinking Differently … page 22

Tanis Doe

Boutonnieres … page 25

John R. Woodward

Toward a Theory of Radical Disability
Photography … page 28

Anne Finger

Giving It Back … page 34

Cris Matthews

Questioning Continuum … page 42

Carol J. Gill

 

THIS IS OPPRESSION

The First Taste … page 50

Cass Irvin

The Room of Pain and Loneliness … page 53

Edward L. Hooper

Disconfirmation… page 57

Billy Golfus

Cowboy Justice in Tiburon… page 64

Arthur Jacobs

Hate … page 67

Barbara Faye Waxman

PRIVATE MATTERS

Public Stripping … page 73

Lisa Blumberg

New Insights … page 78

Edward L. Hooper

It’s Time to Politicize Our Sexual Oppression … page 82

Barbara Faye Waxman

It Ain’t Exactly Sexy … page 88

Cheryl Marie Wade

 

POEMS

Excavation … page 91

Kenny Fries

Lunch Break … page 96

Laura Hershey

Reconciliation … page 98

Cheryl Marie Wade

Reading Braille … page 100

Mary McGinnis

White Caps … page 102

Margaret Robison

Thanksgiving Day Feast … page 103

Susan McBride

Travelling… page 104

Katherine Simpson

Like Walking on the Moon… page 108

Nancy Scott

Now and Then Again … page 109

Susan Hansell

Trajectories … page 112

Brian Hartshorn

Becoming Beautiful … page 114

Nancy Bigelow Clark

 

THE PITY PLOY

And the Greatest of These Is Charity … page 115

Anne Finger

A Test of Wills: Jerry Lewis, Jerry’s Orphans and the Telethon … page 120

Mary Johnson

Time to Grow Up … page 131

Julie Shaw Cole and Mary Johnson

 

ADAPTABILITY AND OTHER ACTIONS

On the Barricades with ADAPT (read excerpt) … page 137

Mary Johnson

Wade Blank’s Liberated Community … page 149

Laura Hershey

The Power of One Person … page 156

Mary Johnson

 

ARE WE BEING SERVED?

The Do-gooder … page 165

Billy Golfus

Why the Nation Doesn’t Have Attendant Services … page 173

Mary Johnson

Auschwitz on Sesame Street … page 178

Lucy Gwin

 

LIFE AND DEATH

Unanswered Questions … page 186

Mary Johnson

Suicide: Political or Personal … page 202

Julie Reiskin

Silence on the Psychiatric Holocast … page 208

Steve Mendelsohn

Springtime for Hitler … page 212

Kathi Wolfe

Eugenics and Reproductive Choice … page 218

Lisa Blumberg

It Can Happen Here … page 230

John R. Woodward

NOTES ON CONTRIBUTORS … page 236

238 pp. Paperback. | Kindle | ePub
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