Gender and ableism

The person, the animal & the environment

Lecture 8 Monday February 28 2011 PEACE ST 2B03 / LABR ST 2W03 / WOMEN’S ST 2A03: Human Rights and Social Justice Dr Colin Salter, Centre for Peace Studies, McMaster University


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Gender differentiated exploitation What is ableism?


Reproductive freedom
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Planned Parenthood funding Miscarriage as murder? ‘justifiable homicide’


The Accused
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Jonathan Kaplan (1988) Partly based on the brutal 1983 gang rape of Cheryl Araujo



"Every Friday and Saturday nights, there are lots of women who will dress to go out and to party and they're going to have alcohol, but when they do that they're not saying, 'Oh, and please rape me.'"
Karen Busby, in unknown (2011)


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Lee Daniels (2009) Sapphire (1996) Many challenging themes and issues portrayed


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Relationally (and socially) constructed -isms


Examined Life
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Astra Taylor (2008) eight influential contemporary philosophers discussing the practical application of their ideas in modern culture.


Tony Porter
At TEDWomen, Tony Porter makes a call to men everywhere: Don't "act like a man." Telling powerful stories from his own life, he shows how this mentality, drummed into so many men and boys, can lead men to disrespect, mistreat and abuse women and each other. His solution: Break free of the "man box."
Ted Talks —


Aimee Mullins
Athlete, actor and activist Aimee Mullins talks about her prosthetic legs -- she's got a dozen amazing pairs -- and the superpowers they grant her: speed, beauty, an extra 6 inches of height ... Quite simply, she redefines what the body can be.
Ted Talks —


For Wednesday

Are special provisions required in state and international laws respective of gender? If so, what should they cover?


For Thursday
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Reflect on the excerpts of Judith Butler and Sunny Taylor in Examined Life. Why do you think physical impairments are confronting? Reflect on how ableness is socially constituted and permeates into the everyday (hegemonically).


Citations & further reading
unknown (2011) ‘Judge's sex assault comments wrong: professor’, CBC News, February 24. h p://


Image sources
Mike Konopacki. 2000. ‘If there was justice in the world‘, 2000 — ‘Human Rights Champions’, 2001 — ‘Which do you pet, which do you eat?‘ — Shane T. McCoy, ‘Detainees at Camp X-Ray’, 11 January 2002. Image in the domain image — http:// World Social Forum banner. ‘World Social Forum 2008: A Global Call for Action Another World Is (Still) Possible’, Alliance 21 —


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