Hating People with Disabilities Breaks Society

Is society broken? I pondered on this question today when I helped a man who was using a zimmer frame. His shoe lace was undone and I was afraid that he would trip himself up.…

Are you an ambitious mother?

There is no straitjacket of identity for what an ambitious mother looks like. We come in all shapes, sizes, colours, nationalities, race and cultures. Wanting the best for our children is the unifying thread. I…

What do disabled people need in the workplace?

There is no doubt that something or lots of things are needed to facilitate the entry of disabled person into the workplace. This is because having a disability does not rob a person of having…

Why do paedophiles have more rights than disabled children?

‘Why do paedohiles have more rights than our kids?’ was the question raised in an Australian case where a man who allegedly abused children under the age of 14 had the charges against him dropped…

Famine and disability

The scenes of people in the Horn of Africa having to walk for miles to the nearest UN camp seems to suggest a survival of the fittest, if that word can be used at all…

The Domestication of Motherhood

‘The Domestication of Motherhood’ is the title of a chapter in Adrienne Rich’s book, ‘Of Woman Born’. As the summer school holidays approach the relevance of the title becomes more apt for some mothers. There’s…

Where is the protection for the disabled?

This blog post is dedicated to all the vulnerable people like Michael Gilbert who were targetted and, even, killed because of their disability. Michael Gilbert, 26, was killed by a family of criminals who kept…

Is being a mother of a starving child a political situation?

For days now I have been watching with dismay the scenes of mothers carrying and dragging their starving and dehydrated children into camps being run by international charities such as CAFOD and Doctors Without Borders…

Marriage as a tool of child abuse

While our daughters in the West play at dressing up to look like a bride or a Princess bride young girls in the Global South are being forced to get married. The practice of child…

The social construct of disabled women

In the last few weeks I have attended the protest against the opening of the Playboy club and joined the Slut Walk in London. The absence of disabled women at the Playboy protest and the…

Angry Bunnies Protest London's Playboy Club Opening (PHOTOS)

The child in the Easter Bunny costume is my 11 year old daughter. We strongly object to the merchandis­e sold to children by the Playboy Empire. It comes as no surprise that Hugh Heffner sees…

Behind the Mask Of Masculinity by GAB

This is a feature I wrote and which was selected for publication for the series ‘Behind the Mask of Masculinity’ hosted by Gender Across Borders at http://www.genderacrossborders.com/ The orthodoxy of masculinity was encapsulated by Thomas…

First Malaysian to appear on British Reality TV