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Commentary on Push Girls

It's mainly favorable, so I hope it's snarky enough to post here!

http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/06/06/haddayr/

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shinga
Jun. 7th, 2012 06:04 pm (UTC)
I really do want to watch that. A friend of mine was lamenting that none of the characters were born with their disability but it's otherwise perfect. So I'm intrigued.
haddayr
Jun. 7th, 2012 06:10 pm (UTC)
One did acquire hers at age 12, though, so she has childhood experience with being disabled.
capriuni
Jun. 7th, 2012 09:41 pm (UTC)
Yeah, but I'd argue that 12 is closer to adulthood, at least in terms of disability psychology... I mean, she'd already had a firmly established "Able-bodied Identity" within her family and society, which she then "lost."

But someone has either been disabled since birth -- or at least since before entering (pre-) school -- has a very different (imnsho) life experience. Because when people say to those kids: "I pray for a miracle for you," or "hoping science finds a cure for you," those people really are talking about erasing that disabled person's identity (frankly, through my late adolescence, I'd indulge in angst-ridden daydreams about being cured of my CP against my will, and how the hell would I deal with that, and how freaky and terrifying it would be).

Of course, if one of the cast members had their disability from birth, that would not have fit within the whole script of "tragic loss."

Though I do admit that losing your societally-sanctioned abilities at the tender of 12 means at least that you've never fit into the culture's prefab romance script, which the hegemony assumes is a rite of passage.

(Boy, for someone who never even heard of the show until yesterday, I sure do have a lot to say!)
haddayr
Jun. 7th, 2012 10:04 pm (UTC)
No, this is an excellent point; thanks.
capriuni
Jun. 7th, 2012 10:46 pm (UTC)
ook. Sorry for the italics fail.
laplor
Jun. 7th, 2012 06:08 pm (UTC)
I'd probably hate them, but I'd watch it.

And it's okay that I'd hate them, because that alone would support the idea that people in chairs are people rather than ideals!
haddayr
Jun. 7th, 2012 06:10 pm (UTC)
TOADALLY.

(Although I love Tiphany. Love love love love love her, boring relationship problems and all.)
gehayi
Jun. 7th, 2012 07:43 pm (UTC)
I didn't even know this show was on! I'll give it a shot.
capriuni
Jun. 7th, 2012 09:26 pm (UTC)
This sentence is pretty snarky:

the pilot spends too much time on what accident or illness disabled the cast members — a topic of fascination to able-bodied people — accompanied by that musical note designed to indicate sinister tidings: "DJGHOOOOOOOM."

...And thanks for the transcript. I always wondered how to spell that!

(and, surprisingly, even Google's spell-check accepts it, without that red squiggly line. So it must be right!)

I don't have cable, so I'll have to wait for this to come out on DVD...
haddayr
Jun. 7th, 2012 10:03 pm (UTC)
Are you American/have access to Hulu?

The pilot is up there (which is how I watched it; I don't have cable, either):

http://www.hulu.com/watch/365468
capriuni
Jun. 7th, 2012 10:45 pm (UTC)
I am American.... my computer's pretty ancient, though (going on 10 years!) and lately, it's been slowing down with really big media files. But I can give it a shot.

Thanks for the link!
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