Disability in the Media

Push Girls

 

Push Girls

I loved Push Girls and I was so sorry to see it go off the air. As a wheelchair user, I feel that we are woefully underrepresented in the media and when we are, we are shown as victims. These women are anything but. They have relationships, jobs, friendships, families, hobbies, and ……sometimes they fight like the real Housewives. It’s a very authentic look at life as a paraplegic or quadriplegic without feeling like a documentary.  I personally couldn’t relate to the Hollywood vibe or the abundance of assistive technology because of their money.  However,  I think we can all relate to the newly injured girl who still believes that it is temporary and that her parents will find the magic cure.  My heart broke when one of the ladies said she got pregnant right after her injury and that she will always regret her abortion.   I was so happy when the only quad who requires 24hr care got a sweet boyfriend who isn’t scared of her problems and actually enjoys taking care of her.  It takes a special man to change a catheter.  It’s still reality t.v. so there is still a lot of drama,  but I like that it is there.  It shows that we are not inspiration porn and can be capable of backstabbing,  drama, and have sex with strangers just like able bodied people.

 

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