From what I see on the Mandeville Sisters YouTube Channel, disability is not the main topic, and this video might be a one-time thing. Whatever the case, Grace gives a very accessible explanation of her disability. I also like the way she demonstrates how a disabled person can have layers of feeling about their disabilities and the stigma that can come with it. It doesn’t bother you, but yes, it does bother you.
It’s also fascinating to me that Grace sees herself as quite different from amputees. She has always had a missing limb, while amputees lose one later in life. I have always thought that there are profound differences between people born with disabilities and people with acquired disabilities, but I’d never thought of it in terms of missing limbs. Her statement that “amputees are amazing!” just underscores how subjective all this admiration of the “other” is in the disability world.
One question though: What does “podgy” mean?
Disability life, ideas, identity, culture, commentary, and politics.