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I love the concept of The Guilty Feminist: “the podcast in which we [Deborah Frances-White and guests] explore our noble goals as 21st-century feminists and our hypocrisies and insecurities which undermine them”. No human can be perfect, and owning that is such an important part of growing and becoming a better person.

It’s okay to talk the talk, and sometimes fail to walk the walk. After all, I can’t help it if it’s brainwashing, I really do love things like baking, wearing dresses, and the feeling of freshly shaved legs in clean sheets. …

November 2015 — I used my wheelchair for the first time at uni today, and I learnt a lot of things, some of which I expected, some of which I didn’t. Here are some of the highlights.

This miniature horse is both cuter than me, and significantly faster at wheeling. Don’t even get me started on that fabulous hairstyle.

9:35am — I remember why I haven’t tried to use a wheelchair at UQ until now. I emerge from the blissful cool of my car to the 30 degree heat, and fact the facts. There are stairs everywhere. Having parked in the disabled parking, I have two options: I can go 100m to my right to a ramp into the building next to…

My Assistance Dog is medical equipment
If you wouldn’t freak out when someone went past you in a wheelchair, don’t freak out when I go past you with my dog. He may be the only dog you see that day, but you won’t be the only person who makes a scene over him. Every time you call out to a Service Dog, they get distracted from the job they’re doing. Depending on what service the dog provides, that distraction is at best an inconvenience, and at worst deadly.

Speak to the handler not the dog
If you encounter a service…

February 2016

I’ve been thinking about the inspirational effect of people with disabilities for a while now. It’s an odd topic really, and probably quite a controversial one. But the idea that I’m inspirational when going through a grocery store in my wheelchair confuses me, and don’t even get me started on how inspirational a puppy using a walker is.

I was recently speaking with someone who was meeting me for the first time. Along the usual process of getting to know one another, they asked me about myself.

“I’m a part-time law student at UQ, and spend a lot…

Brianna Bell

Disability activist, sixth year law student, Assistance Dog handler (and photographer). T: @briannasbell. F: @KirbyTheAD.

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