The Rise and Fall of the Plastic Straw: Sucking in Crip Defiance.

Wong, Alice
Catalyst: Feminism, Theory, Technoscience

This personal essay describes the recent bans on plastic straws in the United States and the subsequent response by disabled people on social media to ableist narratives centered on straws-as-harm. The cripping of plastic straws, an access tool for many people, is one example of disabled people creating and repairing what Nancy Mairs calls a ‘habitable world.’ The author shares her own experiences with the Great Straw Debate of 2018 and the collective power of online communities against this effort.