As I move through this project, a particular concern of mine is fleshing out the identities of the people who have a stake in feminist disability rights. Offhand, one can always say the feminist disability rights impacts and includes everyone, but I think there are particular groups of people to whom we must pay particular attention. How can we build sisterhood without knowing who our sisters are?
Have you thought about how these folks fit in the feminist disability rights vision?
...women who are institutionalized in nursing homes and institutions
...women who are incarcerated in the penal system
...women of color
...women who do not speak English
...trans people and people who are intersex
...moms and caregivers
...lesbians and people who are genderqueer
...women of different economic/social classes
...women who are/were alcoholics or substance abusers
...women who are homeless
...women who have non-standard body shapes
...victims of domestic or sexual violence
I'm sure I'm missing some groups, but the point is, whatever we do to create a true united feminist disability front, we must focus on the human and civil rights of all these groups. Truly, if one of us is not free, none of us are.
As I engage in e-mail fielding to get ready for this trip, I am trying to keep an eye towards educating myself (and the folks who read this blog! smile) about all of these stakes. Recommendations gladly taken...