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Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Lady with Backwards Feet

Ian sent me this great and creepy article about a Chinese woman named Wang Fang who was born with her feet backward. It actually looks to me like they are bent so completely forward that the tops of her feet are on the bottom, and the toes face to the back.



Ok, breathe through the revulsion... (Why am I simultaneously so disgusted and fascinated by things like this?)

Fang says she does not consider herself disabled, and has even refused government disability money. She can walk just fine, and even runs faster than her family and friends. She wears her shoes backwards.



I really respect that she considers herself normal and not disabled. What I'm going to say now might make me look like a total jerk, but I think a lot of people are "disabled" because they consider themselves so. That's not to say that some disabled people don't deserve the governmental assistance they get. But I think there is a huge mental element to how people cope with their situations. And sometimes I think people play the I'm-disabled-pity-me-card, and then expect to be treated just like everyone else.

I respect the optimism that this woman exhibits. She shows a true desire to really be treated like everyone else.


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2 comments:

feed the world with PEZ said...

Her mother must have ate too many thousand year old eggs... I just cant wait for the first person to be born with their head on backwards... That will be real proof that Asia puts chemically processed card board in their delicious little pot stickers...

feed the world with PEZ said...

Her mother must have ate too many thousand year old eggs... I just cant wait for the first person to be born with their head on backwards... That will be real proof that Asia puts chemically processed card board in their delicious little pot stickers...

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