Posts Tagged: disability



The men who called me names were always white men, dressed in the shirts and ties that marked them as belonging to a different class than I did. They sat down next to me when I asked them not to, they kept touching me when I asked them to stop.



Dedicate Your No-Trump Vote: Robin Black


In a world in which it is okay for our president to mock a man with disabilities, we might well never see again the ultimately beautiful sight of a classroom of children disowning their own cruelty, choosing to be on the side of decency and care. ...more


The Rumpus Interview with Brit Bennett


Brit Bennett discusses her debut novel The Mothers, investigating “what-if” moments, and navigating racism in white spaces. ...more


The Rumpus Interview with Paula Whyman


Paula Whyman discusses her debut collection You May See a Stranger, discovering truth in fiction, and how memory interferes with good storytelling. ...more


The Saturday Rumpus Interview: Jennifer Baker


The more variation we see in life, the more it becomes less about seeing one type of book by marginalized people. ...more


The Saturday Rumpus Essay: Wanting To Dance


It just felt so comfortable to slide back into singing, “She Loves You,” and know for that moment, everything was the same. ...more


The Saturday Rumpus Essay: All Bodies Count


Personal representation weighs heavily on the disabled because we don't often see each other out in the world. ...more

Pain Is Not the Only Truth


Medical museums tend to be short on art and long on the preserved remains of bodies with diseases or deformities.

Riva Lehrer, an artist with spina bifida, wants to change that. As she explained in a recent talk titled “Jarred: Self Portrait in Formaldehyde,” her work highlights the humanity and beauty of people with disabled or otherwise unconventional bodies, in contrast to the dispassionate scientific displays that let viewers “seal themselves off under emotional layers of glass.”

Click through to see some of her stunning portraits and read more of her thoughts on the ways “disability can make you move in unexpected dances.”