9 things everyone needs to know about disabled bodies

9 things everyone needs to know about disabled bodies

Disabled bodies:

1. Are sexy

This needs no further context. It’s just a fact. All bodies are different and that doesn’t mean they’re any less beautiful despite society worshiping iconic things with unrealistic bodies such as Barbie & Victoria’s Secret Angels. Barbie did finally catch up with society and has recently released the first ever disabled Barbie collection, thank god.

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“Disabled bodies are nothing to be ashamed about.. & fuck society’s beauty standards.” -@zoes_story


2. Are Underrepresented

There’s no hiding the fact that disabled bodies are grossly underrepresented in the media. While brands such as Tommy Hilfiger and Aerie are starting to include disability is their campaigns, there’s still much work that needs to be done.

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“The urgency of being more represented in fashion, TV, movies, publicity, etc. But not as a special event or campaign, I hate that. It needs to be as regular as it's become for seeing different races and nationalities for example, not something special on the news but something common so everybody gets used to us and we stop being wired or special...” @saralaraslara

3.  Have sex appeal

The misconception that disabled bodies don’t have sex appeal can eat my shorts, my subtlety surrounding this is far and few. My disabled body wears crop tops and skirts to bars resulting in guys on the street cat calling me. I’m not offended like most women, I’m empowered that society is allowing me to have sex appeal that doesn’t go unnoticed. Cat call me all day bois.

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“It is not shameful to be attracted to a disabled body. Just because someone has a disability, doesn't mean they don't have a body that is desirable. I think this is particularly important for those of us who were born with our disabilities because not every part of our body conforms to the societal standard of what a "hot body" is.” -@sincerely_kennedy_


4. Are portrayed in the film industry by able-bodied actors

When disabled bodies are portrayed in the film industry it isn’t adding representation to disabled bodies because the actor playing said part can get up and go for a jog after they’re done playing the wheelchair token character. Disabled people are marginalized in the film industry by this taking place. Start hiring disabled actors & actresses, we out here. 

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“I wish the world accepted us and our bodies the way they do any average persons. Theres a lot of body positivity going on and companies are advertising it, but you never see a disabled body.” -@ashley_fox_101

5. Exist

Because of the underrepresentation of disabled bodies in all mediums, society forgets we exist. This results in furthering the stigma we experienced surrounding our bodies. We’re alive, we’re here, and we’re SEXY.

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"To start loving my disabled body was a great act of revolution against an world that tells me not to." -@elanaoanda_eladesfila from Brazil

6. Are all different

Like all bodies in the world, disabled bodies are all different. While this seemingly commonsensical fact is, well, should be common sense, it isn’t. All disabilities effect bodies differently. Some are more crooked and protruded than others. Regardless, they’re here to stay & show you how hot we are.

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“Disabled bodies come in a variety of shapes and sizes and twists and turns. But nobody wants to look the same so that’s what makes us beautiful.” -@_killer_b

7. Thrive

Many people think that disabled people in general don’t engage in everyday activities like chugging 5 Vegas bombs when you’re 70 lbs. Or, going out for pizza with friends might be a more suitable scenario :P This same stigma goes for disabled bodies. Disabled bodies masterbate, shave, nourish, have sex, feel pleasure, etc. just like most bodies.

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“Raunchy, disabled, and a baddie.” -me


8. Are pitied, wrongfully

Similar to #8, disabled people and bodies can be seen as pity-worthy. Someone will ask me what I have and follow it with gross pity eyes & an ever grosser statement: “I’m so sorry,” after I answer. Oftentimes when I post body positive photos flaunting my crooks and edges in cyber space, the comments will say: “you’re beautiful no matter what!” “You’re so brave.” While these are well intended comments that seem harmless, they’re insinuating that my disabled body deserves pity, in a way. My body is beautiful. The end. Not, “no matter what.”

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“Disabled bodies are good as we are. You might think we lead sad lives because we are different, but that is far from my reality.” -@rollingthroughmotherhood

9. Are body positive

The body positive movement is a beautiful culmination of people and bodies that include all shapes & sizes that are standing up against the marginalization they experience. Brands and campaigns are starting to cop on by doing something that should have been done a long time ago: represent all bodies. While this progressive movement towards inclusion & self-love is a step in the right direction, disabled bodies are still largely underrepresented. That doesn’t mean we aren’t here, screaming for our bodies to be seen. We are body positive.

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“Disabled bodies and disability itself are viewed as “Other,” but the truth of the matter is that EVERYONE has a relationship to disability whether it be an unfortunate accident, a late developing condition, or old age. I think disabled bodies can make some people feel uncomfortable, not just because of a marked difference from the statistical norm, but because they remind people of that vulnerability. Disabled bodies have the same needs, desires, and capabilities of able bodies, we just navigate and achieve things differently.” @demi_danielle_

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