17.42: Eight Embodied Episodes About Disability

Your Hosts: Mary Robinette and Howard Tayler, with special guests Fran Wilde, C.L. Polk, and William Alexander

For the next eight episodes we’ll be talking about bodies, and how they don’t all work the same way, and how this can be applied to our writing.

Credits: This episode was recorded by Marshall Carr, Jr., and mastered by Alex Jackson


Identify an aspect of yourself which might be non-problematic in one society, yet very problematic in another.

INVISIBLE, a series of anthologies ed. Jim C. Hines and Mary Anne Mohanraj

5 thoughts on “17.42: Eight Embodied Episodes About Disability”

  1. This should be an interesting series. All through this episode I thought of my own experiences—of course—and the books I have chucked across the room and never finished. While having a cleft lip does not make me disabled in this day and age, it does make me the “other” and novelists take great joy in making monsters, villains and bad guys more evil by giving them a cleft lip. One day I’ll write a book titled, ‘I Am Not a Villain”. I mean, I really won’t because I can’t remember my life well enough to write an autobiography. I just wish authors would be more creative. luckily, the majority are.

  2. This week kicked off a new eight episodes focusing on incorporating disabled characters into your fiction. Mary Robinette and Howard were joined by Chelsea, Fran, and Will, as they explained what will be happening. A medical model and a social model of disability. Four-armed doors! A knotty problem, and more! Read all about it in the transcript available now in the archives.

    1. I’ll always take any opportunity to plug What’s the Use? On the Uses of Use” by Sara Ahmed and “Glitch Feminism: A Manifesto” by Legacy Russell, and those opportunities are when minority and disability rights get brought up. The two books were recommended to me as a pair and are inextricably linked in my mind, but if you’re focused on understanding the Social Model of disability, What’s the Use in particular is an utterly invaluable resource.

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