“I say that “crip” is my favorite four-letter word in that it’s profane to some, but to me, I love it. And I think it’s a good descriptor for me personally. So language in disability is still a very hotly debated issue. So some people want to be called disabled, some people want to be called people with disabilities. It has been going on for decades, this debate. And there’s theoretical models behind why people want to be called what they want to be called and issues of identity wrapped up in that as well. And so then, when the word “crip” came along–I certainly did not come up with it–and I’m trying to remember when I first heard crip being used. It was when I got into disability studies and kind of learned about this whole other disability culture and these rebellious disabled people that were doing all these really rad things that I had never been taught in school and didn’t know anything about. And I really loved this idea of reclaiming this word.”
Nina G looking askance at a door marked ‘3rd grade’
In this episode, I speak with America’s only female stuttering comic- Nina G! We discuss her standup career, comedy heroes, performing for nondisabled audiences, and play a riveting game of Would You Rather that may or may not include discussion of stegosaurus penis. (Transcript coming soon).
I had the wonderful pleasure of interviewing the one and only Maria Palacios: spoken word performer, poet, and ‘goddess on wheels.’ Maria is part of the incredible Sins Invalid family, and is a longtime disability activist (she was there at the Capitol Crawl!). She recently published her most recent book, Criptionary, which is available for purchase here. We had a highly entertaining conversation, discussing her activism, poetry, Frida Kahlo and crip pride. Enjoy.
Caitlin talks with filmmaker, activist and blogger, Cheryl Green about brain injury, the comedy satire film project ‘The Gab,’ her documentary ‘Who Am I To Stop It, the problems with disability awareness campaigns and much more. FYI, There are many F-bombs dropped so consider it NSFW.
Welcome to the first ever Criptiques Podcast. On this episode, I talk with Criptiques contributor and Words I Wheel By blogger, Emily Ladau. We talk about language, disability activism, growing up with a disabled mom, and the Criptiques anthology.
[ Emily sitting in wheelchair, smiling at the camera, in a white sweater ]