Feminist, Queer, Crip
Publication Year: 2013
In Feminist, Queer, Crip Alison Kafer imagines a different future for disability and disabled bodies. Challenging the ways in which ideas about the future and time have been deployed in the service of compulsory able-bodiedness and able-mindedness, Kafer rejects the idea of disability as a pre-determined limit. She juxtaposes theories, movements, and identities such as environmental justice, reproductive justice, cyborg theory, transgender politics, and disability that are typically discussed in isolation and envisions new possibilities for crip futures and feminist/queer/crip alliances. This bold book goes against the grain of normalization and promotes a political framework for a more just world.
Published by: Indiana University Press
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Table of Contents
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...i cannot begin to thank Katherine sherwood enough for letting me use her mag-nificent painting, Vesalius’s Pump, for the cover of this book. (A description of the painting immediately follows these acknowledgments.) i first saw this painting during a 2007 show of sherwood’s work at the university of California, Berkeley, and i began at that moment to hope that it might one day grace the cover of this book. i am deeply ...
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The image on the front cover is of a mixed-media painting by Katherine Sherwood titled Vesalius’s Pump (2006, 36 x 36 inches). The painting takes up the bottom two-thirds of the book’s cover and consists mostly of large, looping swirls of paint over an ivory-colored background. ...
Introduction: Imagined Futures
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...i have never consu.scl.scted.sc a seer or psychic; i have never asked a fortune-teller for her crystal ball. no one has searched my tea leaves for answers or my stars for omens, and my palms remain unread. But people have been telling my future for years. Of fortune cookies and tarot cards they have no need: my wheelchair, burn scars, and gnarled hands apparently tell them all they need to know. my future is written on my body....
1: Time for Disability Studies and a Future for Crips
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Queerness should and could be about a desire for another way of being in both the world and time, a desire that resists mandates to accept that which is not enough.What w.scou.scl.scd.sc it mean to explore disability in time or to articulate “crip time”? tem-poral categories are already commonly used in formulations of disability; one aspect of cripping time might simply be to map the extent to which we conceptualize disabil-...
2: At the Same Time, Out of Time: Ashley X
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The stories of women with disabilities must be told, not as stories of vulnerability, but in think.scing abou.sct crip futurity, i find myself haunted by Ashley X. Born in 1997, the girl known as Ashley X was diagnosed with “static encephalopathy” a few months after her birth. “in the ensuing years,” doctors note, “her development never progressed beyond that of an infant,” and her doctors held no hope that her cognitive or neuro-...
3: Debating Feminist Futures: Slippery Slopes, Cultural Anxiety, and the Case of the Deaf Lesbians
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The fear that lesbians and gay men will start to fabricate human beings, exaggerat-ing the biotechnology of reproduction, suggests that these “unnatural” practices will eventuate in a wholesale social engineering of the human. . . . But it seems a displace-ment, if not a hallucination, to identify the source of this social threat, if it is a threat, with lesbians who excavate sperm from dry ice on a cold winter day in iowa when one ...
4: A Future for Whom? Passing on Billboard Liberation
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...[Advertising] is a world that works by abstraction, a potential place or state of being situated not in the present but in an imagined future with the promise to the con-sumer of things “you” will have, a lifestyle you can take part in.“su.scp.scer man,” the billboard exclaims, the unfamiliar gap between the two words emphasizing both the noun and its adjective. Below this phrase is the word ...
5: The Cyborg and the Crip: Critical Encounters
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Who cyborgs will be is a radical question; the answers are a matter of survival.Controversy.sc came q.scu.scick.scl.scy.sc to the cyborg. in 1983, Socialist Review invited several feminist theorists, among them Donna Haraway, “to write about the future of socialist feminism in the context of the early reagan era.”1 Haraway responded with “A mani-festo for Cyborgs,” framing the cyborg as a figure of feminist critique.2 Her cyborg ...
6: Bodies of Nature: The Environmental Politics of Disability
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The creatures that populate the narrative space called “nature” are key characters in scientific tales about the past, present, and future. Various tellings of these tales are possible, but they are always shaped by historical, disciplinary, and larger cultural Al.scthou.scgh concern w.scith the environment has long been an animating force in disability studies and activism, “environment” in this context typically refers to the ...
7: Accessible Futures, Future Coalitions
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A vital moment in coalitional political rhetoric is its ability to construct connections among struggles that may be not only diverse, but opposed to one another in many When d.scescribing d.scisabil.scity.sc studies to my students, i often draw on Douglas Baynton’s insight that “disability is everywhere in history once you begin looking for it.”1 For Baynton, “looking for it” entails not only recovering the stories of disabled ...
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The disability to come . . . will and should always belong to the time of the prom-ise. . . . it’s a crip promise that we will always comprehend disability otherwise and that we will, collectively, somehow access other worlds and futures.i titled this project Feminist, Queer, Crip because i wanted to acknowledge the pos-sibilities—past, present, and future—for such alliances. to that end, in lieu of a con-...
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About the Author
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ALisOn KAFer is Associate professor and Chair of the Feminist studies program at southwestern university. Her work on gender, sexuality, and disability has appeared in anthologies including Sex and Disability, Feminist Disability Studies (iup, 2011), and Gendering Disability, as well as in the Journal of Women’s History. she coedited Deaf ...
Page Count: 276
Illustrations: 2 b&w illus.
Publication Year: 2013