Me Before You: My Thoughts

Okay, so this is happening.  I am actually sitting down to write a post about the movie ‘Me Before You’ based on the book by Jojo Moyes.  What you have heard about the movie, and the opinions you have formed on both, will be largely influenced by your relationship too, or within the disability community.  What I am not going to do is write a very accurate and detailed dissection of all of the issues raised by this book and subsequent movie.  Many have done it better than me and I highly suggest you check out these pieces by Emily Ladau, Kim […]

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Kylie Jenner shameless and ableist wheelchair stunt

On International Disability Day, I really thought that the last thing I would be writing about would be the Kardashian/Jenner family.  I’ll confess that when I first heard about them, I thought the show was a Star Trek spin off (I’m totally serious – high five if you even understand that one).  The whole family have arguably gone on to shape makeup and fashion styles and trends more than any other in the last few years.  They are the reason that Mac is consistently sold out of brown lipstick and they are well aware of their status as style icons. […]

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Equal Transport Rights for All: Disability Discrimination Does It Again – Ableism in Action

Consider this.  In the course of one planned trip you have multiple taxis and buses drive past you without stopping.  You have bus and train drivers shout at you, citing ‘no room’ and ‘no time’.  What’s more, this follows a six hour delay that saw others getting to their destinations hours ahead of you, while you sat on and watched.  Of course you’d be enraged, disappointed and left wondering why the transport system would have such a hard time providing a basic level or service to you, one they were obliged by law to provide.   And then you remember… The […]

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Challenging isms: Ableism in Media and the Fashion Industry – An Accurate Representation of the Population

Despite spending most of yesterday collating 6 months worth of pictures plus editing and grouping together pictures for some hopefully totally awesome pieces for the very near future, I fancied freestyling for a while and just chatting with you guys.  I’m going to see how it goes, so if you’re reading this, the following content has been deemed, by me, fit for publication.   I spend a lot of time getting fired up about things.  This used to be a pretty self destructive trait of mine as I would waste time being angry about things that I could do nothing […]

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Guest post: The Language of Fashion – Looking past disability by Emily Davison

Emily has written the most amazing article that really needs no introduction.  Nevertheless I am going to point you guys to a great article featuring Emily and her Guide Dog Unity that was in the Daily Mail yesterday.  What a great team they make!  And without further adieu…       “When you have a disability, knowing that you are not defined by it is the sweetest feeling.” – “In My Dreams I Dance”, Autobiography by Anne Wafula Strike (p. 79)     Greetings Readers! I bid you all welcome to my introductory post here on the lovely Vicky’s aroundandupsidedown.co.uk! Today […]

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