Disability Is a Feminist Issue: Bringing Together Women’s and Gender Studies and Disability Studies

Alison Piepmeier, Amber Cantrell, Ashley Maggio

Abstract


This paper tracks a series of conversations between a women's and gender studies professor and two of her undergraduate students, all of whom are interested in disability studies. We explore the links between disability and feminism, and to think through the possibilities of having disability studies become part of the academy. Our primarily positive interactions with the academic institution and our interest in disability studies has led to our argument that disability is in fact a feminist issue. Disability studies has allowed each of us to re-conceptualize our own relationships to feminist theory, and shaped our ability to envision a better academic environment for all students. 

Keywords: feminist disability studies, intersectionality, pedagogy, mental disability

 


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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.18061/dsq.v34i2.4252

Copyright (c) 2014 Alison Piepmeier, Amber Cantrell, Ashley Maggio



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