David M Perry

Freelance Journalist and History Professor

Disability Rights, TV/Movies, Higher Education, Food, Parenting, and more.

Bylines include: CNN.com, Al Jazeera America, the Chronicle of Higher Education, The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Guardian, The Washington Post, The Nation, Vice.com, Salon, Pacific Standard Magazine, and USA Today.

United States of America



Opinion: How sex stereotypes harm girls - CNN.com

When the rocket scientist Yvonne Brill died in March, The New York Times celebrated her as the maker of a "mean beef stroganoff" and "the world's best mother." When my...


OPINION: Ferguson and the cult of compliance

The protests in Ferguson, Missouri, set off by a policeman's shooting of an unarmed black teen last week, appear to be spinning out of control - not because crowds are rioting...


When Teachers Abuse Disabled Children - Pacific Standard

by David M Perry Every morning, I watch my son fail to comply with the rules. He's a nine-year-old boy with Down syndrome and he rarely conforms to expectations. He's not great...

The Chronicle of Higher Education

Faculty Members Are Not Cashiers

Advice Why the 'customer service' lingo in academe is bad for students This month Texas A&M University at Kingsville posted a new job ad for a faculty member in...


'Daddy, What's Down Syndrome?' Explaining My Son's Diagnosis to His Sister

Nico (who has Down syndrome) with his little sister Ellie. A few weeks ago, though, Ellie asked me the one question I've been preparing for since before she was born, but was...

Motherlode Blog

Harsh Critics in Public Spaces, Judging Only What They See

The last time it happened was in the grocery store. A scowling woman closed in on me and my son, Nico, in the produce section. Glaring, she waved at my son's face and said, "His...

The Atlantic

Destabilizing the Jenny McCarthy Public-Health Industrial Complex

Giving the anti-vaccine advocate a platform is dangerous. Please consider disabling it for our site, or supporting our work in one of these ways Subscribe Now > Last week, the...


'Mad Max: Fury Road' Is the Feminist Action Flick You've Been Waiting For | VICE | United States

Charlize Theron as Imperator Furiosa in 'Mad Max: Fury Road' (2015). Courtesy of Warner Brothers Pictures Mad Max: Fury Road is, as you'd expect, a powerful and frenetic...

Washington Post

What our kids are learning when adults aren't inclusive

"Nico will get to participate as an audience member." With those words, the teacher explained why my son, a second-grader with Down syndrome, wouldn't be part of the end of the...


Jon Snow Is the Only Possible Hero in 'Game of Thrones' | VICE | United States

Kit Harington as Jon Snow in 'Game of Thrones.' Photo courtesy of HBO Warning: If you aren't caught up on season five, spoilers abound. Game of Thrones presents a classic...

the Guardian

Conservatives want to rewrite the history of the Crusades for modern political ends | David M Perry

At the National Prayer Breakfast, President Obama made a statement that you wouldn't expect to be controversial: violence in the name of religion is a global problem and it's...

Belt Magazine | Dispatches From The Rust Belt

Zoo Camp For All - Belt Magazine | Dispatches From The Rust Belt

By David M. Perry Photos by David M. Perry My son, Nico, loves the zoo. He's eight years old, and going there inspires, engages, and delights him in a way that few other...