The British government's plan to pay for a mentally disabled man's visit to a prostitute has sparked an interesting debate: is sex a human right?
You'd think weapons scientists and surgically altered actresses had nothing in common, right? You'd be wrong about that. But perhaps the only way to discover the connection is, as I did, to become an American citizen.
We liked Amanda Palmer when she fired back at her record company for calling her fat, and when she showed off her armpit hair on the red carpet. But now we're sick of her, and here's why:
In the UK, there's a new version of a popular makeover show: How to Look Good Naked...With a Difference. The "difference?" All the women on this series are disabled in some way:
The word "model," in and of itself, speaks of perfection. Model student. Model citizen. You'd think a show featuring models who are also disabled would be interesting, but it really isn't. Shocker: You can be disabled and pretty.
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A statue of Helen Keller will be installed in the National Statuary Hall today, to represent Alabama. This will be the first statue in the U.S. Capitol building of a person with a disability. [CNN]
"I don't have any issue wearing legs that aren't human-like, but I want the option to have human-looking legs. [...] individuality and personal choice are important. How many colours do iPods come in?" — Aimee Mullins, amputee, actress, athlete [NewScientist]
On Sunday, yachtswoman Hilary Lister, 37, completed a series of 40 day sails started in June 2008, becoming the first female quadriplegic to sail solo around Britain. She controls the boat through a "sip and puff" system of straws. [Telegraph]
Two years ago, a German gynecologist began training blind women to use their heightened sense of touch to detect lumps in patients' breasts. So far, the 10 trainees have found more and smaller tumors than doctors in 450 cases. [CNN]
Porn for the blind often meant volunteers awkwardly describing hard-core scenes — until Clickforeplay started recording its "naughty stories," with real people acting out steamy scenarios (albeit with clothes on). [BBC]
Riam Dean, the Abercrombie & Fitch employee who was sent to the stockroom because her prosthetic arm violated the store's "Look Policy," is suing for £20,000. Her mom and a fellow ex-Abercrombie employee e-mailed us about Abercrombie's discrimination.
Today Good Morning America reported on a new trend: A wider variety of animals, including parrots, ferrets, snakes, and monkeys are being used to assist people with disabilities and psychological problems.
Susan Curran, 58, is a regular at her local Marks and Spencer, where she frequently meets friends in the cafe of the British chain's nearest outpost. But after Susan, who suffers from cerebral palsy, got stuck in a bathroom and was forced to pull the emergency bell, she was banned from the store. After being told by a…
In 1982, at the age of 25, Barbara Buchan was competing for a spot on the U.S. cycling team when a horrific accident shattered her skull and left her in a coma for two months. Doctors didn't think she would survive, and even when she woke up they said she may never speak or walk again. But Buchan struggled through six…
The BBC is launching a new reality show in which young women will compete for a modeling contract. Sounds familiar, yes? But this series has an added twist: The women participating are all disabled. Says the production company, "Our intention is to empower both the women featured in the project and thousands of…