March 22, 2009

that's not fair!

So, in one of my new favorite blogs, I read this entry. I found Aimee Mullins' story fascinating, especially once I dug around on the internets to find out her background.

After seeing the linked presentation Aimee gave, it made me feel more confident in my stance. Having started running, and realizing how much of it lies below the knee, I have often thought that people with those fancy sprinting prosthetics have been at least on equal footing (pardon the phrasing) if not at somewhat of an advantage. Having seen her thoughts on the current dialogue, I see that maybe we are beyond amputees being disabled. Given technology, and art, there are so many things we can do! The Alexander McQueen (whom I ADORE) legs are an incredible statement on how we look at prosthetics! The fact that she can adjust her height on realistic limbs is incredible!

Please, do not misunderstand me, this is not something I wish for myself or for anyone. However, given what is available, I think that people in Aimee's situation are certainly not limited in their options. Hers may be different from mine. However, to say that one or the other of us is at a disadvantage is not true.

I think that this is a thought provoking piece on what we consider normal, or disabled. To me, it certainly gives a whole new meaning to the old saying, "the grass is greener..."

Posted by raven at March 22, 2009 08:25 PM
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