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Angela - an artist's picture

disability and the everyday

I had a similar thought, that perhaps models are the "freaks" as most people are "homely", asymetrical in some way, not model-beautiful or perfect.Most people in the world constitute the norm. However, models are used for the financial marketplace because of our biological drive for positive and "desirable" characteristics. We cannot escape our genetic preferences, and although I applaud your activation of the concept of beauty, I can't see general attitudes changing to be more inclusive. Sex with a genetically desirable other will always motivate us. And perhaps viewing ab"normal" bodies will always shock us to some extent , at least subconsciously, because of genetic wiring.
I am disabled, in some ways we become invisible - but I also think that females over the age of menopause become invisible in the same way - no longer ideal as a sexual object. A double hit. I also suffer from serious depression .
I find myself, unwillingly , getting impatient with people who say "oh, we all have problems". Yes, as humans we do, but that is just part of everyday life for us all,being disabled takes you to a different starting gate from which to add the "everyday" stuff.
Everyday stuff for us is also a lot more complicated than just getting up in the morning and taking it from there. Physical and mental disabiliies can mean a lot of problems before we are in a position to even consider "everyday" stuff. Before we have to deal with finances, with "are we beautiful enough", with a "bad hair day", with bosses and timekeeping, with computer breakdowns and the art not going well and personal relationships.


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