Ugly Dolls and Deaf Culture
Garret S and Nicole discuss Ugly Dolls, the quirky and fun animation, how Janelle Monae stole the movie, the state of the animated musical, and how the movie’s message about what it means to be considered defective makes a good analogy for how deaf people have created their own flourishing culture. We cover a little bit of the history and richness of Deaf culture, American Sign Language, and Garret’s experiences at Gallaudet University. Read more about audism and the supression of ASL here and also the medical establishment’s continued incompetence in treating deaf children. Check out Nyle DiMarco taking shirt off to talk about all the issues deaf people face when confronted by police. Also see Garret’s article on treating deaf patients as a psychotherapist.