There is a crude distinction between activism and academe, between academe and creative writing, and between academic and disabled academic. I am an Arab woman, a disabled academic, a creative writer who has found embodied activism in academe. To work from within and without the body is to find alternative ways of navigation. To consider the shamed body is to unveil the social constructions of ableism. Writing and teaching, then, become tools of activism, and it is a slow and painful rebirth to creep out of the once shamed female body. Identity politics has countlessly urged us to reconsider minority discourses but there remains an incessant fear of articulating this “self”—the self that allows itself to be exposed, whether through writing, teaching, or claiming an identity.

Tobin Siebers (2008, 36), in Disability Theory, tells us...

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