Experiencing and Coping with Physical Disabilities -11_9_09

Experiencing and Coping with Physical Disabilities -11_9_09...

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Experiencing and Coping with Physical Disabilities Gender and the disabled body Topics: - Importance of body ideals - Inability to “keep up” - Issues women face - Issues men face - Coping with identity as a person with a disability Cultural Emphasis on the (Fit) Body 1. Having a young healthy body is the ideal 2. A person should “be in control” of his/her body. 3. Sight of oppression for a number of minority groups: Sexism, racism, ableism a. Salient characteristics – that is what is prominent/noticeable.: Walking cane, wheelchair, missing or prosthetic limb Inability to Keep Up 1. Cosmetic, plastic surgery, and exercise a. Factors preventing use or access: money, time, travel, ability or help from others. 2. In general, there is a lack of leisure time to spend working on meeting body ideals. 3. In terms of money, there is a higher rate of unemployment (about 15%) and poverty results in insufficient funds. Often the result of discrimination Disregard for Sexuality 1. Inhibit formation of a sexual identity and prevent reproduction
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