In this article I analyze the production of disabled girlhood on
YouTube. Examining the YouTube channel of Rikki Poynter, a deaf vlogger, I
show how YouTube is an affective spotlight through which exceptional disabled
young women and girls are insidiously called to participate in a project of ablenationalism.
I trace how Poynter’s channel, as an affective conduit of benevolence,
participates in a project of ablebodied rehabilitation. Paradoxically, as
Poynter is incorporated into the nation through the resignification of her corporeality
as a disabled young woman, (dis)orienting affects that reverberate from
her #NoMoreVoicing—A Challenge Video + Closed Captioning Campaign | ASL
vlog pose the potential for a collective crip reimagining of the virtual.