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L is for Labels

by Daniel Valencia from Acting NT Not All Labels Are Created Equal [CN: Ableist slurs; functioning labels] The following article contains 238 labels. The moment you tell me that you “don’t like labels” is the moment I know you’re being dishonest. If you speak any oral, written, or signed language, you use labels constantly: Child, adult, …

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I is for Institutionalisation (Part One)

by Mitchell Wilson Part One: The Rise of the Institution [TW: Institutionalisation, Ableism, Eugenics] On the afternoon of December 31, 1959, journalist and historian Pierre Berton unexpectedly arrived at the Ontario Hospital School in Orillia, Ontario.  He was accompanying a friend who was dropping his son off at the sprawling complex located on the shores …

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G is for Gender

by Seren Guinness G for Gender [CN: Ableist slurs] “The word gender has been used since the 14th century as a grammatical term, referring to classes of noun designated as masculine, feminine, or neuter in some languages. The sense ‘the state of being man or woman’ has also been used since the 14th century, but this did not become common until the mid 20th century. Although …

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F is for Freedom

by Sparrow R. Jones from Unstrange Mind F is for Freedom Freedom has been my life’s rallying cry. I have endured much in seeking it and many times over I have surrendered all my possessions in order to regain it. I am apprehensive of marriage, children, 30-year mortgages, and tenure because in each of life’s milestones …

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