Essay heading: "On Being a Cripple", by Nancy Mairs

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July 28, 1996

 

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As she brings up several times during her essay, she has not allowed her disease to take over her life. Mairs wrote “On Being a Cripple” in 1986, although it still very much applies today. We currently live in a time of intense political correctness. In the title of her essay, Mairs immediately breaks one of these rules, referring to herself as a cripple...
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In the title of her essay, Mairs immediately breaks one of these rules, referring to herself as a cripple. She discusses the use of this word, as opposed to disabled or handicapped, and expresses particular disdain for the phrase “differently-abled.” While the general public may feel similarly about these issues, they are not often permitted to express it, for fear of being seen as cruel or thoughtless...
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