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GimpGirl grows up: Women with disabilities rethinking, redefining, and reclaiming community

New Media & Society 1461444811398032, first published on April 27, 2011 as doi:10.1177/1461444811398032

Jennifer Cole jen@gimpgirl.com GimpGirl Community; Oregon State University, USA
Jason Nolan Ryerson University, Canada
Yukari Seko York University/Ryerson University, Canada
Katherine Mancuso Georgia Institute of Technology, USA; GimpGirl Community
Alejandra Ospina GimpGirl Community

In this article, we undertake a reflective narrative inquiry into the GimpGirl Community GGC, an online group of women with disabilities. We explore 12 years of GGC activity through community archives and auto-biographic narratives of GGC organizers, to understand how these women actively created a safe and open space for like-minded individuals, how community members used diverse online technologies for community building and social interaction, and how these online tools allow some members to experiment with their notions of self and identity outside dominant discourses. Our analysis of the lived experiences of GGC members reveals how they challenge the boundary between ‘abled’ and ‘disabled,’ and enact agency beyond their marginalization as women and as individuals with disabilities.

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