Body Image & Disability
Much is made of the limitations and differences of disabled bodies and minds, but little is said of the limitations disabled people face by living in a society that refuses to represent or accommodate them in any meaningful way. Body image and disability intersect in ways that are rarely recognized. How does living with a disability affect body image, and how can the scope of body politics be broadened to include issues and experiences that are not limited to size alone?
When I think sexy, the first thing that comes to mind is acting with abandon and being lost in the trance of feeling and response. My body might want that rapture, but it has to crawl through its own...
Submitted by Sonya Huber | 03.20.17 12am
This assumption that I would want to hide my hearing aids always feels to me like a hint that I should be embarrassed by my disability — but I have no intention of keeping it a secret.
Submitted by Meryl Williams | 03.20.17 12am
I used to ask the kids at school whether I would be white or black or brown if I didn't have red skin.
Submitted by Carly Findlay | 03.20.17 12am
I stand in the bathroom for six hours. My parents and brother are gone, and I stand there, staring in the mirror, staring at the butter knife on the sink, staring at the contained labeled cold...
Submitted by Naseem Jamnia | 03.20.17 12am