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Barbara Waxman Fiduccia

A Disabled Feminist on Sexual Politics

Waxman, B., & Saxton, M. (1997, October 1997). Disability Feminism: A manifesto. New Mobility, 8.

Fiduccia, BW, Multiplying Choices: Improving Access to Reproductive Health Services for Women with Disabilities. Berkeley Planning Associates, Berkeley, CA, 1997.

Susan Wendell

Institute for Health Research and Education

“Since 1997, I have been interested in studying the ethics and politics of psychosomatic medicine, especially the influence of gender, race and class on psychosomatic diagnosis. I am also doing philosophical analysis of current causal theories of psychosomatic illness (theories of mind-body interaction) and the implications of those theories for diagnosis and treatment of physical symptoms, especially in women. I anticipate that this work will eventually result in a book on psychosomatic medicine.”

“The Rejected Body: Feminist Philosophical Reflections on Disability”
By Susan Wendell (1996) New York: Routledge.

“Pornography and Censorship” by David Copp & Susan Wendell

From a review of “Rejected Body”:
"Diagnosed in 1985 with myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome, Susan Wendell's reflections address her struggle first with illness and then with the lasting "social and psycho-ethical" conflicts illness and disability generate in contemporary Western culture. Her specific focus on feminist theory comes from her increasing awareness that "knowledge people with disabilities have about living with bodily suffering and limitation and how their cultures treat rejected aspects of bodily life . . . did not inform theorizing about the body by non-disabled feminists and that feminist theory was consequently both incomplete and skewed toward healthy, non-disabled experience"(p.5). A chapter on "Who is Disabled?" engages current definitions of disability, who produces them, for what purposes, and to what effect. This chapter addresses the cases of illness and aging and explores the political and other values of the category, "people with disabilities." Other chapters discuss the social construction of disability, disability and illness as stigmatized states that might be re-envisioned as "difference," the enculturation of myths about bodily control and independence, medical authority's inflection of embodiment, the importance of disability perspectives to feminist ethics, and perspectives on transcending the body."


M. Fine & A. Asch (Eds.), Women with Disabilities: Essays in psychology, culture and politics.: Temple University Press.

Green, Cheryl (2001) “One Resilient Baby” In Listen Up: Voices from the Next Feminist Generation, Barbara Findlen, Ed., Seal Press 2001

Kafer, Alison and Doe, Tanis . (1998) Resistant Bodies

Pengra, L. M., & Godfrey, J. G. (2001). Different Boundaries, Different Barriers: Disability Studies and Lakota Culture (Summer 2001, Volume 21, No. 3), [online journal]. Disability Studies Quarterly.

Policy Publications on Women with Disabilities - Center for Women's Policy Studies

  • Re-shaping, Re-thinking, Re-defining: Feminist Disability Studies by Rosemarie Garland-Thomson (2001)
  • Strong Proud Sisters: Girls and Young Women with Disabilities by Harilyn Rousso (2001)
  • Women and Girls with Disabilities: Defining the Issues – An Overview (1999) by Barbara Waxman Fiduccia and Leslie R. Wolfe.


Center for Women Policy Studies


Blackwell-Stratton, M., Breslin, M. L., Mayerson, A. B., & Bailey, S. (1988). Smashing Icons: Disabled women and the disability and women's movements. In M. Fine & A. Asch (Eds.), Women with Disabilities: Essays in psychology, culture and politics.: Temple University Press.

Linton, S. (1998). Claiming Disability: Knowledge and identity. New York: New York University Press.

Morris, J. (1992). Tyrannies of Perfection (issue 233 - July 1992). new internationalist. [2001, August 10.2001].


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