Thursday, January 20, 2022

My Least Favorite Family Tropes in Fiction/Media

Welcome back to Musings of an Arthritic ArtistToday I'm going to be talking about my least favorite family tropes in fiction. These aren't going to be in any particular order. I'll be giving an example for each one of these.

Let's get into the post!

King, Alexandria. Musings of an Arthritic Artist. 2021.

1. Incest


2. Dysfunctional Families

I will be the first to admit that I am a master procrastinator. However, I will also be one of the first to admit that I love doing research. I love learning new things and I'm always curious about the world around me. I love reading about things and finding ways to incorporate that information into a story of some kind, no matter what it is. I find research to be incredibly fun, and it does cause me to lose track of time anytime I get invested in what I'm doing.

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Book Review: The Killing Joke by Alan Moore

Welcome back to Musings of an Arthritic Artist! Today I am going to be doing another book review, this one for The Killing Joke by Alan Moore. 

This is a graphic novel I read pretty recently, so let's discuss it. There will be spoilers for this book. If you haven't read it and wish to, I'd recommend not reading this review. 

With that aside, let's get into it!

This was the first book I read in 2022. I read this in preparation for a future post I want to do later this year. I was very curious about how Batgirl/Barbara Gordon became Oracle, so I read The Killing Joke, the book where Barbara is paralyzed by the Joker in order to attempt to make Commissioner Jim Gordon go insane.

This graphic novel is dark. It's a mature rated graphic novel for a reason. It's very dark and gritty. It's very grim.

Everything with Commissioner Gordon seemed very short and wrapped up in a neat little bow. I didn't like that, if I'm being fully honest. The small plot device with Barbara also left me with many questions.

How long did it take for someone to find her? Shouldn't she have theoretically died from loss of blood as Joker shot her through her abdomen and back?

The backstory used for Joker in this graphic novel also doesn't fully make sense to me. I have so many questions regarding this. He wants to provide for his pregnant wife because he's a family man. Good and fine. He quits his job as a lab assistant to become a stand-up comedian. What? It's no wonder he failed. There's no hint that Joker had previously been a comedian. It just makes no sense. 

Why do the criminals he agrees to work with want to rob a playing card company? What are they going to fully gain from that? There were many things in this story that just didn't make sense to me. Maybe I read it so fast that I didn't grasp some of the motivations behind this, but I don't think so.

I rated The Killing Joke 3 out of 5 stars on Goodreads. My main complaint is how short it is. It's only about 40 pages long. Because of the length it was a bit underwhelming if I'm going to be honest. I felt like there was something missing, and it's not just because there's a cliffhanger at the end of this story.

That's it for this review! I hope you enjoyed it! 

See you Thursday, 

Lexi KšŸ–Œ

Thursday, January 13, 2022

Is Disability an 'Adult Issue?'

Welcome back to Musings of an Arthritic Artist! Today I am going to be answering the question, 'is disability an adult issue?'

Let's get into my thoughts!

King, Alexandria. Musings of an Arthritic Artist. 2021.

I can't remember where I saw this, but I was on Goodreads one day and I had come across a book that had a disabled character. I can't remember the book now and likely couldn't find it if I tried. There was a review by someone that mentioned that the book dove into a couple 'adult topics,' one of which was disability, and it caused me to pause. 

Do people think of disability as an adult issue? It seems so. Most people believe children are carefree individuals who have no worries in the world. At least three million children in the United States live with a disability. That's about 4.3% of the under-18 population. 

The harm with thinking that disability is an adult issue is that it ignores the struggles that many children face every day. Struggles that I faced and struggles that I didn't face for whatever reason. I'm going to tell a story. A story from my childhood. A story I only remember because my mom has told it a few times.

We had been traveling one day to a medical appointment out of town, and we ended up coming across this older man. He seemed to be in a sad mood. My parents started talking to him. Being a child, I didn't follow the conversation that well, so the majority of what I know is from my mother's recollections.

He saw me and told my parents how it must have been so nice to be a child because children have no care in the world; no worries; no stresses. My parents then told him that we were heading to a medical appointment for me because I had certain issues. After that, the man's mood changed. He seemed.....more hopeful.

Children aren't always carefree. Children still have struggles. They could be as large as disability or as small as a math problem on a test. Children have struggles. If children were always carefree, they wouldn't cry. They wouldn't get upset. They'd just be happy all the time. 

I didn't have a carefree childhood. However, just because I didn't have a carefree childhood, doesn't mean that my childhood was bad. On the contrary, I loved my childhood and wouldn't change much about it. It taught me many important lessons. 

When we treat disability like it's an 'adult issue', we ignore the fact that children have disabilities as well. This can lead to a mentality of 'you're too young for [insert medical condition here]'. 

Disability knows no age. Disability doesn't discriminate. It doesn't matter your age, your race, your sex, or your personality. It can affect everyone the same. Children are no different.

That's it for this post! I hope you enjoyed it! 

Until next time, 

Lexi KšŸ–Œ

Tuesday, January 11, 2022

Is 'Disabled' a Bad Word? A Disabled Person's Thoughts

Welcome back to Musings of an Arthritic Artist! Today I am going to be voicing my opinion on 'is disabled a bad word?'. I'm not going to spend too much time on this introduction as there is no point. 

Let's get into my thoughts!

King, Alexandria. Musings of an Arthritic Artist. 2021.

Many people believe that 'disabled' is a dirty, negative word. It isn't. But the question is, why do people think that? The thought that 'disabled' and 'disability' are 'bad' words doesn't make sense to me. I've been randomly thinking about this, and I may have come to a conclusion on why it's seen as a bad word. 

First, let's breakdown and examine the word 'disabled.' 'Dis' is a prefix meaning 'not.' So, when 'disabled' is broken down, it translates to 'not able.' I mentioned this in my post where I discussed the different terms non-disabled people will use to refer to disabled people.

Like I said there, the words 'not able' are vague. They don't give any clue as to why someone is disabled. It's an inclusive term. What does that mean, not able? Not able to do what exactly? Not able to hear? That's a deaf person. Not able to see? That's a blind person? Not able to walk? That's a wheelchair user of some kind, ambulatory or otherwise. 

So why do people think disabled is a bad word? Here's my conclusion.

It isn't until you see the antonym of disabled that it becomes problematic. What is the antonym? Able-bodied. With this connotation, it can be understood why many people believe disabled to be a bad word. 

Disability and being disabled is just a reality for some people. There are some things we can do, but there are other things we can't. That's not me being pessimistic. That's just fact. I can't open cans with pull tabs. That's not me being negative. That's just my reality.

So, do I believe that 'disabled' is a bad word? No. Not at all. It's a reality I have lived for the past twelve years, and it's a word that best describes some aspects of my life. Substitute words like 'differently-abled' and 'handicapable' don't describe my life, solely because they don't describe how difficult my life has been or how many struggles I've gone though.

Those words are patronizing. They were created by non-disabled people to describe disabled people. They were created to replace the 'offensive' disabled? Stating that disabled is a bad and negative word is offensive to me. It conveys that there's something wrong with being disabled--that there is something wrong with my life. There isn't. I love my life, disabled aspects and all.

Disabled is not a dirty word, and the sooner people realize that, the better off we will be.w

That's it for this post! I hope you enjoyed it! 

See you Thursday, 

Lexi KšŸ–Œ