All in Body

What the Paralympics Can Teach Us All About Limitations

I dislike the rhetoric of pity that some people use when talking of Paralympians, like I dislike it when people speak of those with special needs. Sometimes this can be even more damaging than cruelty and discrimination and foul language. Ignorant people who talk of cripples and spastics can be dismissed, but pity can put often kindly meant limitations in the path of those who are even slightly different. 

Flaunt It Up, Buttercup

Mel Brooks wrote in his 1968 film, The Producer's, "If you've got it, flaunt it" in a song that was very much about showing-off your body and I have no problem with that. Even though remnants of my ancestors' British reserve occasionally cringes at anyone flaunting anything, something I consciously squash - I am all for the boldness and defiance of the flaunt. Go forth and flaunt yourself people, but let's leave the judgemental sexism behind and reclaim the word for our bodies, our minds, our achievements and our souls. There's nothing wrong with showing off things we are proud of, but let's not assume please that every woman in a fucking bikini is flaunting her ass/arse for your pleasure and attention.