What Happened to You?: Writing by Disabled Women

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Lois Keith was thirty-five, with a successful career, two daughters, and a partner of many years, when she was hit by a car and paralyzed from the waist down. Over the next few years, she discovered both a community of disabled people and a paucity of literature and public understanding about their lives. In response, she began soliciting the manuscripts that make up "What Happened to You?", a candid, powerful, and often hilarious collection of fiction, essays, and poetry by women with disabilities. Coming from a wide range of backgrounds and ages, impairments and experiences, the thirty-six women included in the book write on everything from access to abuse, equality to equanimity, in what may well be the definitive volume on living with a disability. At the same time, this anthology tells a universal story about dealing with pain and illness, about overcoming prejudice and unjust legislation, and about the importance, regardless of an individual's fortitude, of creating a community.
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Disabled women face even greater obstacles than do women generally, and physically challenged lesbians and women of color deal with yet another set of problems. This anthology of prose, poetry, fiction, and personal memoirs by 36 disabled British women provides an interesting view of their life experiences. The women speak about child rearing, relationships, discrimination, inaccessible buildings, and abuse by caregivers. Full of anger, pain, rage, hope, warmth, humor, and politics, their work shows readers daily life with its struggles, failures, and triumphs. This book empowers all women by giving them a sense of community and showing their strength, courage, and dignity to the world. A unique and interesting anthology; recommended for women's studies collections.Barbara M. Bibel, Oakland P.L., Cal.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781565842809
  • Publisher: New Press, The
  • Publication date: 6/28/1996
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 5.46 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
The Visit 13
Pain Teaches Nothing 18
Sight 19
Making Choices 25
A Tale of a Bubble 32
Mustn't Grumble 38
Different Dances 41
Colostomy 43
Snow White 46
Shopping 52
For Those Not Yet Angry 53
Anger - Early Days 55
Tomorrow I'm Going to Rewrite the English Language 57
'Along the lane...' 60
This Week I've Been Rushed Off My Wheels 61
Summer Poetry 73
What Happened to You? 74
Being Sam's Mum 77
Journey 84
Bitter and Twisted 90
Self-Respect 91
Part of a Life 93
Loss 100
Disability 105
Agoraphobia: Letting Go 106
'My Brilliant Cancer!' 113
All Lost? 120
I Was Touched 122
Our Friendship Is Mellowed to a Whisper, Sister 129
Friends 130
One More Time: A Horror Story 133
Reaction-Interaction 136
To a Deaf Child 140
Patricia's Mother 142
The Horns of My Dilemma 151
Equal Opportunities... Yes, Please 154
Watershed 161
Abuse 163
The Fall 167
Prue Shows Her Knickers 172
Do Unto Others 179
What Did You Soy?S 181
Day in the Life of Liz 182
Freedom Fighter 187
Warrior Woman 189
Taking Liberties 192
Appendix Letters between the editor and Maria Jastrzebska, Roz Rushworth and Ellie O'Sullivan 198
Contributors' Notes 215
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