I’m a voracious consumer of media. I love television, books, comics, music, and movies. If the story is good and the characters are engaging, I’ll give almost anything a shot.
I’m also disabled. I am autistic. I have depression, anxiety, and ADHD. I am very aware of disability in the media I love. Unfortunately, good portrayals of disability in entertainment are rare.
Giddythings is where my love of story and my identity as a disabled person meet. I’ll be posting my take on the way my favorite shows and comics are talking about disability. I’ll be talking about current media as well as favorites from the last 20 years. I hope you’ll join me on this journey by suggesting things I should check out and sharing your own thoughts about these topics.
A Note on the Title
The title of the blog comes from Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing. In Act 5, Scene 4, Benedick says to Claudio, “Man is a giddy thing.” His meaning is that humans are inconstant and changeable; however, I’m far more intrigued by the earliest meaning of the word “giddy,” which was originally another term for the ableist words “insane,” “mad,” and “stupid.”
Those last three words are among many used to marginalize disabled people. But words can change, as the meaning of “giddy” did, and so can bigoted ableist attitudes. Improving representations of disabled people in entertainment is one way to effect that change.
These days, being giddy means experiencing disorienting excitement — the kind of joy I feel when I see an excellent representation of disabled people in entertainment.
Let’s try and find more of those moments together.