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Don't call me inspirational : a disabled feminist talks back

Author: Harilyn Rousso
Publisher: Philadelphia : Temple University Press, 2013.
Edition/Format:   book_printbook : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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For the author, a psychotherapist, painter, feminist, filmmaker, writer, and disability activist, hearing well-intentioned people tell her, "You're so inspirational!" is patronizing, not complimentary. In this memoir, the author, who has cerebral palsy, describes overcoming the prejudice against disability, not overcoming disability. She addresses the often absurd and ignorant attitudes of strangers, friends, and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Harilyn Rousso
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Harilyn Rousso
ISBN: 9781439909362 1439909369 9781439909379 1439909377 9781439909386 1439909385
OCLC Number: 794711813
Description: xiii, 209 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: I. Close encounters with the clueless : Who's Harilyn? ; Birth, mine ; Close encounters with the clueless ; The beggar and the cripple ; The stare ; Always the other ; Why I am not inspirational ; Home --
II. On leaving home : Wedding day, 1933 ; Dancing ; Exploding beans ; My sister ; Adolescent conversation ; On leaving home ; Hideous shoes ; Driving high ; Eli ; My father, myself ; Driving away from home --
III. On not looking in the mirror : Walk straight! ; On not looking in the mirror ; Facing my face ; Meditations on speech and silence ; Daring digits ; Right-hand painting ; Being only one: some meditations on solitude --
IV. What's a woman? : What's a woman? ; He was the one ; Blank page ; Buying the wedding dress ; First date ; First night ; Mixed couple ; Sylvester ; Faces of Eve ; Tough bird ; Hand in hand --
V. Why claim disability? : Finding my way ; Keeping the distance ; That "inspirational" label ; Token of approval ; Disabled women's community ; The story of Betty, revisited ; Listening to myself ; Activist sisters ; Toilet troubles ; My mentoring project ; Why claim disability? ; Broken silences ; Eulogy for my nondisabled self ; Eulogy for my freakish self ; Ode to my disabled self.
Other Titles: Do not call me inspirational
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