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Happy new year all!

I was planning on posting something about new year's resolutions, and I also still have something to post to the [community profile] yuletide com, but I'm kinda floored for posting properly at the moment cos I've just heard that FWD/Feminists With Disabilities ( is to stop posting. Which, gah, leaves me feeling really quite adrift it the cold hard world of the internet and disability politics. FWD has gotten me through some pretty rough times, has opened my eyes on disability and intersectionality issues of all kind, including some for which I have lived experience, and has generally been one of my absolute all time favourite blogs over about the past year.

For me, 2010 was a year of increased participation in both Disability activism and Disability arts, and I suspect my abiding memories of the year will include sitting in hotel rooms up and down the country reading FWD from the screen of my mobile phone.

I'm... actually quite heartbroken. Odd. Although I only lurked over there and rarely participated, FWD meant a heck of a lot to me.

I am starting BSL classes next week. I am still intending to post something about disability to [community profile] yuletide about Disability. I actually still haven't written up the accesibility stuff I've been meaning to for Odyssey.

FWD will be remaining maintained as an archive. If you're interested in that sort of thing, or if you just want to humour me, go check it out. And if you already know what I'm talking about, toast with me as we make our way Forward to a more accessable future. *nodnod*

Date: 2011-01-01 11:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I am so, so disappointed - saw last night, and couldn't believe it. I actually feel sort of angry. If the original writers and mods didn't want to continue or didn't have the spoons, surely FWD is big enough now to allow them to reach out to new maintainers? I find it really weird that they'd say their time was over & FWD isn't really needed anymore - the relevance, fierceness, and power of their posts is testament, IMO, to how much it is needed, now as much as ever. I think it will be a huge hole in the blogosphere, and I know I will miss a lot of great stuff that I previously was finding through them. I really just do not understand how they can think the need has come to an end. I mean, it HASN'T. In the UK at least, we are looking at a more ableist few years than any in recent times - portals like that are such a great rallying point, and just closing it down like that, without any consultation with readers or anything, feels like a betrayal of its project, to me.

(Sorry if this sounds really over-emotional - I am very shocked by their decision.)

Date: 2011-01-02 12:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
*nodnodnod* me too. Like, really. I guess I'm trying to keep seeing it as 'this was a postive thing and now the people that gave it to me are moving on to other things' because I don't want to be angry. But, I'll miss stuff too. There's lots of personal writing and so on out there, but nothing that rounds up so many perspectives in the same way.

I suspect that they feel less that the need has come to an end and more that the balance of success to spoons will be better acheived elsewhere, or under other circumstances. I'm trying really really hard not to feel it as a betrayal, cos they don't owe me anything and they did an amazing thing, y'know. But, it kinda hurts.

Date: 2011-01-02 12:36 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I don't feel that they owe me anything in a personal sense, but I do think that they - sort of owe the project, or the concept. That might not make any sense. I don't mean that I think any individual person needing or wanting to leave is at fault, but it's really confusing and upsetting that they'd not see any value (apparently) in the project continuing. How can anyone think it's not just as necessary now? (Rhetorical - obviously I don't mean to belabour you / try and make you answer.) There are so many keen commenters and readers, such a hub of community, and they haven't even tried any consultation or consideration of ways to keep a central portal running - they could easily have made an open post for discussion, or something. It seems like a really odd, arbitrary decision that actually strikes at the values I've always thought they held - community action, collaboration for the good, etc. I can't get over the oddness of it, really.

(I really should reiterate that I'd never blame anyone in particular for needing to step back - I've done that myself with a committee position which everyone else wanted me to retain, and gosh was it ever awkward. But I don't understand why those people having a lack of spoons for the project = the end of the project. It was such a brilliant, worthwhile endeavour, and I'll miss it SO much.)

Date: 2011-01-02 01:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
*nodding along*

might have more coherent thoughts in the morning, but for now I'm just kinda... yeah, hearbroken and adrift about the whole thing and... and so glad of it's existance, and trying so hard to believe that all good things come to an end and that endings are ok and at the same time ARGH.

*clings to you*

Date: 2011-01-02 01:03 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
*clings back*

Once the surprise has receded, maybe I will take Positive Little Steps towards assembling a replacement reading list. Have been trying to remind myself that I do read & love other places too.

Date: 2011-01-02 01:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oh dear. I'm so sorry to hear this; it was a fantastic resource.

Date: 2011-01-02 04:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oh hell. I'm going to miss it too, especially given how relentlessly ableist the Coalition is shaping up to be.

If you're interested in alternative disability activism resources, may I recommend Diary of a Benefit Scrounger? It's mostly focused on the current healthcare and political situation in this country rather than the bigger picture, but it is pretty good on those issues.


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