Current Issue

“Resisting Ableism, Queering Desirability” is a joint special issue from Kohl Journal and the DisAbled Women’s Network of Canada (DAWN). It stems from a collaboration that started with Kohl and DAWN co- facilitating a workshop titled “Ableism in Queer Communities: (Re)Queering Desirable Bodies and Minds” at the first LBQ Women’s Conference in Cape Town, South Africa, in July 2019. This issue is shaped by the contributions and collective thinking of our workshop participants and our communities, to whom we feel deeply connected in power and gratitude.

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Ongoing Calls

December 2020

Kohl is looking for pieces that archive the ongoing revolts from a queer, feminist, and intersectional perspective. We would like to reflect, collectively and across borders, on what constitutes a revolution, and account for the invisible labor and histories that go into a revolution in the making. 

February 2021

We, alongside 2020, managed to chip at the façade of control upheld by the systems we live under: as we one day woke up to lockdowns and curfews due to COVID-19, the accumulation of capital seemed to come to a sudden halt. But our remaining social connections were further restricted as we faced our vulnerabilities, fears, anger, and helplessness.

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We can medicalize my mother as we have medicalized me in the past but will that be enough for her to recognize the toxicity she directed towards me throughout my life in order to both negate and substantiate my being? Will it be enough for me to forgive her?

In this essay I am going to reflect on the intersections of these seemingly disparate interests of mine – sexuality, disability and happiness. This is where the personal becomes the political, where a deeply private experience is translated into sociological imagination, where the activist and the scholar in me merge into a single self.

Carceral Responses to Neuro-divergence

Resuming segregated schooling only furthered social exclusion and neglect – these were sustained and disguised in the semblance of routine before the pandemic, and will continue in other ways beyond it. Resuming business as usual means callously continuing a system that fosters both vulnerability and marginalization.