Childhood, Selfhood, and the American Girl

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By Allison Epstein, Intern 2013 It’s amazing how much of an impact our favorite childhood toys can have on us years and decades later. If I asked you what toy you treasured back in the day, what would you say? Maybe we have some Lego people out there, or Easy Bake Oven folks, or for children of the nineties like me, Doodle … [Read more...]

“Attention: People With Body Parts”

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By Melissa A. Fabello "I sit on the freckled sidewalk miles and years later. You bend in the humid air, bowing down to the grass mingling between the cracks. You, like the grass, would always come back. Through the cracks, through the scar tissue of my razor-cut legs. I trace my fingertips through your misplaced feathers, early … [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...]

Walt Disney and Me (Black and Disabled)

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By Cynthia Barram I have an incredible love-hate relationship with Mr. Disney. The first time my dad wheeled me and my chair into a theater we watched The Little Mermaid. The lyrics from Ariel’s “Part of Your World,” pierced me. She equated so much of being human and happy with walking. But before Ariel, no one had articulated … [Read more...]

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

‘Black Torso’ by American artist Nancy Fried.

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...]

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

Debenhams Diversity

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...]