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Different battles same war cripping youth and adulthood

Different battles, same war?Cripping youth and adulthood?

Jenny Slater


[email protected]





Whilst independence remains the goal, disabled people will not be accepted as they serve as a reminder of the potential for dependenceHughes, 2001; Davis, 2002; Ware, 2005; Shildrick, 2009

Body as organism body without organs bwo
Body as OrganismBody without Organs(BwO)

Deleuze and Guattari

Gibson, 2006; Gibson, Carnevale and Kind, 2012; Goodley, 2007; 2009; Shildrick, 2009; Slater, 2012

A critically young positionality
A Critically Young Positionality

  • Vigilant to and questioning of adulthood normativity

  • Shouting about my own grownup failures

“Thought together, queer theory, disability, and Deleuze mobilise a productive positivity that overcomes normative binaries, breaks with stable identity, and celebrates the erotics of connection” (Shildrick, 2009, 54)

Not becoming adult
Not becoming-adult

BUT‘becoming-in-the-world-together’(with Jen and her disabled peers)

“to reject this paradoxical liberty is one thing; not to be granted it is another” (Garland-Thompson, 2002, 24)

Freyja and the high heeled shoes
Freyja and the high-heeled shoes be granted it is another

Interviewer so i see you re disabled what would you actually do here
Interviewer be granted it is another: So I see you’re disabled: what would you actually do here?

Freyja: I’d do what the job specification requires of me: I’d look after the children.

Interviewer: But how?

Freyja: My assistants do the physical stuff I can’t, while I did the more emotional side of it. To kids, it just isn’t a problem.

Different battles same war
Different battles, same war? be granted it is another

A call to arms
A call to arms! be granted it is another

Free us all from playing grownup