Wednesday, May 6, 2015

"Because Who Is Perfect?"

I have posted this video before in the past. I came across it again this afternoon and thought it was worth posting again, because it is a topic I feel deeply about, being close to my heart and resonates with me today as a result of the way I'm feeling, a little 'disabled', not 'normal' and very imperfect. However, I think I am neither, and both simultaneously. It is all matter of personal perception.

 Language can be a constructive powerful tool or a destructive weapon. It can be misconstrued and misinterpreted, depending on deportment, tone and intent.  Both our ears and eyes can deceive us easily. We judge, and think what we see and hear, is truth or falsehood. What we see isn't always what we get. What we think we've heard, isn't always what is being said. Add to this, our contemporary society's preoccupation with political correctness to complicate matters in the way we convey language, in all it's meaning, and in all that all that it implies.

There has been some interesting thought provoking discussion about this particular video and about other film shorts produced by Pro Infirmis, an organization for the 'disabled'. Let me say, I really dislike the word disability, because it is often reserved for those of us who are 'disabled' who are labeled as some how being outside the definition of what is so called 'normal'; another word I really dislike. We all are 'disabled' in one way or another, and I question, just what is 'normal'. I am of the opinion that imperfection and diversity is what is normal.
I find it curious that the description I have posted of the video from Youtube below, starts by referring to the mannequins as being 'disabled'

" Disabled mannequins will be eliciting astonished looks from passers-by on Zurich's Bahnhofstrasse today. Between the perfect mannequins, there will be figures with scoliosis or brittle bone disease modelling the latest fashions. One will have shortened limbs; the other a malformed spine. The campaign has been devised for the International Day of Persons with Disabilities by Pro Infirmis, an organization for the disabled. Entitled "Because who is perfect? Get closer.", it is designed to provoke reflection on the acceptance of people with disabilities. Director Alain Gsponer has captured the campaign as a short film.
The figures are life-sized, three-dimensional representations of Miss Handicap 2010, Jasmin Rechsteiner, radio presenter and film critic Alex Oberholzer, track and field athlete Urs Kolly, blogger Nadja Schmid and actor Erwin Aljukic.
"We often go chasing after ideals instead of accepting life in all its diversity. Pro Infirmis strives especially for the acceptance of disability and the inclusion of people with disabilities," says Mark Zumbühl, a member of the Pro Infirmis Executive Board, in describing the campaign. "


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thesycamoretree said...

Those folks who allowed themselves to be measured on film were courageous. They seemed empowered by seeing themselves as mannequins though! I understand your discomfort with the word "disabled" but what would you use instead? Differently abled? I feel for those whose disabilities are hidden, like those with mental illness.

Unknown said...

Thank you Bev for you great comment.
You are so right, courageous is the word. It was real joy on their faces when they saw themselves, that looked like they were feeling a freedom from physical constraints.

That is a good question you post about what word would I use. I'm not sure, but I think it is a good thing to think about and to have discussion to try and figure it out.

I ask with another question. Why do we have to label period, putting certain folks into a labeled category? It is done so often and what is underneath lies discrimination, judgement and a bunch of other issues.

Having family and friends with so called disabilities (myself included) sometimes the attitude of others can be the real disability.

thesycamoretree said...

Labeling is sometimes necessary, but when those labels come with judgments and prejudices, we run into trouble!

Unknown said...

I have to agree. I hate forms that ask who, what, where, why? I always want to put I am 'other'. Lol