I have been pondering on this idea for a while now: a space to specifically address the interconnections between ableism and speciesism, animality and (dis)ability. A place to highlight stories of disabled vegans, a place to address the ableism in the vegan and animal rights movement.
I want Crip HumAnimal to be a platform to share and archive resources about disability and eco-ability studies, to center stories of disabled vegans and also highlight stories of disabled animals. To explore, discuss and critically reflect on all of these matters.
This is not so much a blog about my own story of living as a disabled vegan, although some personal experiences will probably also pop up from time to time.
I have not mapped out a concrete structure with categories yet, but here are some topics that I want to raise on this platform
- how speciesism and ableism intersect and interconnect, also with other oppressions (racism, sexism, ageism, …)
- health shaming and medication shaming in the vegan community
- related issues like bodyshaming and looksism
- how animalisation has served and still serves as a tool of oppression of disabled people
- language use (ableist and speciesist language)
- areas where critical animal studies and disability studies intersect, ecoability studies
- points to take into account to be a more inclusive movement – on all fronts – but specifically here with respect to disabled beings
I certainly don’t consider myself an expert in any of these issues, and I am constantly learning, discovering, reflecting.
Some entries will simply be a link to an article, video or another resource, others will have more detailled reflections and content.
Link to resources does not necessarily mean I endorse everything in that resource (dito for interviews).
ABOUT THE NAME: Crip HumAnimal:
‘Crip’ refers to the historically derogatory term ‘cripple’, but is now an insider term for disability culture. For a concise intro into Crip theory and Crip Justice, click here.
Humanimal is a conjunction between human and animal. It is about the oppression of humans and other animals, and how these overlap, intersect and are connected.
LANGUAGE: Please note that English is not my first language. I always try to use non-oppressive language (with respect to speciesism, racism, sexism, … and of course ableism). I am always learning. Do not hesitate to point out where my language can be improved.
NOTE: I want to content on this platform to be as accessible as possible. But can also only do as much as I personally am able to. If anyone wants to volunteer to make it more accessible (in case any of these are missing: provide transcripts and/or captions, better image descriptions, etc), or in any other way wants to contribute, I would love to hear from you.
I also invite people to submit stories, essays, articles, about any of the issues raised above.
ABOUT ME: Geertrui Cazaux (Trudi in English). Vegan. Gardener. Wife. Disabled. Writer. Activist. Caretaker. Ex-academic. Wannebee drummer.
More about my background on the About section of my other blog The Bruges Vegan.
I also blog in Dutch on Graswortels and on SpondyGazet.