“Inspiration Porn”: A Discussion

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This post is excerpted from a discussion from the team at Disability in Kid Lit. You can read more on the topic, and check out their other great work, at their website.  This week’s topic: inspiration porn. Don’t know what that is? You’ll find the answer below–we asked our contributors how they define this concept and what they … [Read more...]

“Push Girls”: Exploiting Disabilities or Promoting Inclusion?

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By Valerie Kusler The Pitch: Another reality show about attractive women in Los Angeles hardly sounds like something we need…right? That’s what Sundance Channel executive Sarah Burnett thought during the first few moments of the pitch tape of Push Girls that producer Gay Rosenthal brought to her. But then the camera zoomed … [Read more...]

Disfigurement: Isolating ‘Imperfect’ Bodies

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Originally published at Women’s Web. Cross-posted with permission. By Shirin Juwaley Having a facial disfigurement, according to me, is an advantage! It has sieved out the people in my life as only the significant remain. In the 13 years of surviving an acid attack by my ex-husband, I have come across all sorts of attitudes … [Read more...]

Conversations About Body Image: A Place at the Table for Me?

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By s.e. smith Original post found at FORWARD. Cross-posted with permission. Conversations about body image come up often in feminist communities, and unfortunately, many of those conversations are predicated on the dual ideas that all people should love their bodies and that lovable bodies are healthy ones. This can be seen … [Read more...]

Living a Limitless Life

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By Sharon Haywood “Imagine being born without arms. No arms to wrap around someone, no hands to experience touch, or to hold another hand with. Or what about being born without legs? Having no ability to dance, walk, run, or even stand on two feet. Now put both of those scenarios together: no arms and no legs. What would you do? … [Read more...]

Passionate for Inclusive Fashion

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By Sharon Haywood, Co-Editor "As a disabled person it’s important to feel confident with your image [and] fashion is a big part of this," stated David Proud, the UK actor who plays the character Adam Best in the popular television series Eastenders.   So much conversation and activism related to the fashion world today … [Read more...]

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love my Scars

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I had two surgeries last week. I'll write more about why soon but for now let's just say these surgeries will leave 4 three-inch scars inside the elbow of my left arm. Appropriate in light of last week's Halloween celebrations as it looks like I was clawed trying to escape Freddy Kruger's evil grasp. After the surgery I looked … [Read more...]

Disabled Actors in Mainstream Media

Zack Weinstein is an actor and an ambassador for the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation. Photo by Brad Buckman

By Valerie Kusler Ever since Glee shook the airwaves last year, the show has garnered controversy over one of its lead roles: Artie Abrams, the wheelchair-bound charismatic (and very talented) singer, played by non-disabled actor Kevin McHale. Since so few high-profile parts for disabled people come out of Hollywood, many … [Read more...]

Debenhams Department Store: Bona Fide Diversity

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Debenhams for Diversity by Ben Barry at AnyBody Last week, the UK department Debenhams launched an advertising campaign for their Principles fashion line that features models of a variety of sizes, backgrounds, and abilities. The print advert features a petite 5'4 model, a size 16 model, a size 10 model, and a wheel-chair using … [Read more...]

‘Glee’ Casting Overlooks Disabled Actors for Wheelchair Episode. Is This a Surprise?

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LOS ANGELES (AP) - The glee club members twirl their wheelchairs to the tune of "Proud Mary" and in joyful solidarity with Artie, the fellow performer who must use his chair even when the music stops. … [Read more...]