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Disability, functional diversity, and trans/feminism


I propose that a feminist analysis of contemporary conversations on normal-functioning and functional-diversity approaches to understanding disability can locate in some people's resistances to disability an attitude compatible with respect for functional diversity. The history of feminist work in collaboration with transgender work offers an evocative model for an approach to disability that enables solidarity with those seeking functional alteration. This approach provides one way to understand how a critical analysis is compatible with respecting bodily functional desires, such that one may seek physical change while working for social change alongside those successfully functioning otherwise.

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