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Jan Summary In this superbly written essay, Nancy Mairs, a feminist writer who has multiple sclerosis, defines the terms in which she will interact with the world. She will name herself--a cripple--and not be named by others. She will choose a word that represents her reality, and if it makes people "wince," "[p]erhaps I want them to wince.
As a cripple, I swagger" 9. She muses on the euphemisms that are used by others, concluding that they describe no one because "[s]ociety is no readier to accept crippledness than to accept death, war, sex, sweat, or wrinkles. She discusses her need for assistance, but balances that by saying that there are many people around her willing to help; she describes her dependence on her family and how lucky she was to have a husband and children before she was taken ill.
Mairs has many astute comments to make about how disability does not fit well in our youth-oriented, physical-fitness-obsessed culture, and on how social expectations influence whether she adapts or fails to adapt.
She also understands what is at stake for the medical professionals who care for her: Commentary This essay is frequently cited, and often used in medical humanities classrooms.
It is written with humor, irony, and with open eyes. Mairs keeps the reader off-balance, just as she is kept off-balance by the twists and turns of an unpredictable disease.
She explains how she continues doing many of the things she always did, then writes, ". I hate it" Proceeding to enumerate further all of the professional and family activities she can enjoy, she then lists many of the activities that she can no longer do, and the depressions that she experiences.
When Mairs sees herself in the mirror as she walks, she is horrified by her "abnormal" gait. But in the next sentence, she dismisses even thinking about her appearance, concluding that "[t]he self-loathing I feel is neither physically nor intellectually substantial.
What I hate is not me but a disease" After this essay was published, Mairs continued to write about disability issues from her personal experience, and particularly from her position as a woman with disabilities.
She discusses issues she, her family and others who are disabled must deal with as her physical condition deteriorates. The essay, "Sex and Death and the Crippled Body: A Meditation" explores the position of disabled women, sexuality, parenthood, medical paternalism, suffering, and assisted suicide in Disability Studies: Enabling the Humanities; editors Sharon L.
A friend and colleague of Mairs, Janice Dewey, filmed Mairs over a five-year period; the resulting video documentary, entitled Waist High in the World, was released in The film is available for purchase.The table below presents an abbreviated geologic time scale, with times and events germane to this essay.
Please refer to a complete geologic time scale when this one seems inadequate. Oct 20, · Note: Today's entry is a technical article: it isn't funny. At least not intentionally. Update, Oct 20th I've added an Updates section, where I'll try to track significant responses, at least for a week or so.
There are three entries so far. Contents. Introduction; Three Great Schools of . "On Being a Cripple" by Nancy Mairs is an essay about the experience of being crippled.
Mairs begins the autobiographical work by owning the word "cripple" and identifying herself as such. The remainder of the essay details the diagnosis and lifelong effects of her multiple sclerosis.
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In conclusion, in the essay, “On Being a Cripple” by Nancy Mairs, we learn about being crippled.
Living that type of life isn’t easy, but the confidence of Mairs and her essay makes it sound like a normal thing to her audience. She says, “The terrain left me has been ample enough for me to continue many of the activities that absorb me. "On Being a Cripple", by Nancy Mairs Nancy Mairs a.k.a.
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