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Disability: Sexy and Empowering

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I found this while stumbling a little while ago, and I thought it would be great to show an updated version of what Garland-Tomson shows in her articles. These pictures feature Jes Sachse, a 25 year-old Canadian college student with Freeman-Sheldon Syndrome. She took the pictures as a project in order to parody the American Apparel ads, who claim that the girls that they feature are “normal, every day girls”—despite the fact that nearly every ad features a similar body type.

I’m going to quote Sasche directly here, because what she says is better than anything I can do, and I think it encompasses what we’ve read perfectly. Sasche says, “What I hope comes of this is that people view disability differently  and see that people with disabilities are sexual. So many people are trying to come to my aid and protect me from being exploited and they want to prevent disabled people from living their lives…This idea of who is beautiful and what’s sexy that we see in the media all the time isn’t necessarily what beauty is to me or to you.”



Written by Meg

September 10th, 2010 at 12:22 am