Sunday, March 30, 2008

We're Not Sick: Disability, Transgenderedness, and BDSM


Today I was meddling with my computer and I pieced together three symbols on my computer and made a picture that expresses my opinion about the idea that being transgendered, being a person with disabilities, or being a member of BDSM culture means that the person is somehow "sick" or "disordered". I kind of like the way it turned out so I'm posting it here. Criticism is welcomed.

12 comments:

AnnMarie Kneebone said...

As a transgender person, that means a lot to me. Thank you.

bint alshamsa said...

As a person with disabilities, it means a lot to me for someone to be willing to take the time to find out how I see myself instead of just assuming that they know who and what I am.

We're in this together, sister!

Stentor said...

Interesting -- I didn't know BDSM had a symbol like that.

From a graphic design perspective it would be snappier if you used another symbol rather than the word sickness, but I can't think of a symbol that clearly means "sickness." Also, the not equals sign could be bolder. (Sorry if this is too much nitpicking -- I do this for a living.)

queen emily said...

AWESOME!

little light said...

This is wonderful, Bint. You've perfectly summed up why it's so important for our communities to be allies to each other.

nixwilliams said...

awesome. thank you!

qw88nb88 said...

hmn, does the DSM (Damn Silly Manual) have a particular logo?

andrea

bint alshamsa said...

qw88nb88,

That's a very good question! I'm going to go and take a look.

belledame222 said...

I like it!

Lisa Harney said...

Very nice!

May I use this in a blog post? I need to do a real disability/trans post, and this would be great.

bint alshamsa said...

Of course you may, Lisa! I'm really happy that you'd even want to.

*kisses*

Lee said...

How embarrrasing l have to say that l tick all the boxes

lm Disabled - Paraplegic

Lm Transgender

lm into BDSM - lm total subbie

l identify with all 3 - its me and l love it, let the world of normality deal with it!