Author: Maryam

  • Dear Late Late Toy Show: We Need to Talk About Disability

    Dear Late Late Toy Show: We Need to Talk About Disability

    This article was written in response to the Late Late Toy Show in November 2020  This year’s Toy Show was, in some ways, perhaps the most uplifting and successful in living memory; this year more than any other, the nation was hungry for a boost of optimism and Christmas cheer.  I gathered with my family […]

  • On “Inspirational” Disabled People

    On “Inspirational” Disabled People

    The following piece was published in the ILMI E-Bulletin, Friday 27 Nov, 2020:  Over time though, there was something in my reaction that I was wary about- I couldn’t help but see these amazing people who had achieved so much- more than I had previously hoped to- as inspirational. As you know, this is a dirty word in […]

  • #NotAWitch More Prevalent Than You Think

    #NotAWitch More Prevalent Than You Think

    The following article was published in the ILMI E-Bulletin, November 13th, 2020 I have to admit, the #notawitch controversy surprised me. I thought, haven’t there been centuries of damaging cultural representations like this which nobody seemed to care about? I worried that the outrage to a seemingly fantastical deformity made us look oversensitive. But I […]

  • The Disabled Body Beautiful

    The Disabled Body Beautiful

    The following piece was published in the ILMI E-Bulletin, October 2nd 2020: “I am never going to conform to society’s requirements and I’m thrilled because I am blissfully released from all that crap. That’s the liberation of disfigurement.” “The Sexual Politics of Disability”, by Tom Shakespeare et al. I know I wasn’t the only one […]