Tuesday, 22 January 2008

Katie, again.

And me, this time, too ;o)

The Guardian has an article on it's website about Katie Thorpe - Whose Life is it Anyway? And they included an extract from one of my blog entries about her in it.

How cool is that?!?!

I quite like the article, I think it does a fair job of describing the thoughts and feelings of disability bloggers and of Katie's mother. And it hasn't degenerated into disablist language or such stereotypes, which had concerned me.

As I'm writing this there are two comments left on the article online and neither of them particularly fill me with joy. I'm waiting to see if there is any further response on the article before I comment myself (and also until I'm less "argh!" about the comments). They are the sort of comments I would expect to see but to me they are ones that seem to miss the point. Or at least the point I was making in my entry.

The point being that this could have been (and still might) be a very, very slippery slope.

I pray it won't be.

I'd love to hear your views on the issues involved/ Katie Thorpe's case specifically/ Ashley X / the article in The Guardian. They can be left in the comments.

However I will be moderating them and if this is your first time posting it won't show up until it's been approved. If you have commented before and been approved before, however, it's business as usual. That is standard procedure on my blog and is not new today.


Jacqui said...

Hi Emma,

I am still reading though I don't comment so often. I've got a few questions for you but they are better left for another day.

I read your last post for the carnival last night and I have been thinking about it all day. it was really well written and very thought provoking. I am trying to manage the daily cares for Moo to the best of my ability and your post has re-emphasized to me what is important - so thank you :-)

And now to Katie, I find it hard to contribute to these types of comments as I find so many of them disturbing. I envy you for trying. They so quickly deteriorate into pure medlem. Congrats on the mention. Will be following the comments, though probably not contributing.


Jacqui said...

I read your comment on the site - hear hear! Well said.


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