Disability Essay Essay

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Disability Essay

In today's society men have an attraction
towards skinny women. The most gorgeous
super models are thin and when other girls look
at them, they get jealous. Many girls see this, and
view themselves as being overweight and have a
complex and a desire, which is to be skinny, this
disease is called Anorexia. Anorexia is a disease,
which affects mostly women and sometimes
men. Anorexia is when you think you are fat, and
you deprive yourself of food in order to be
skinny. They see themselves as being fat and
want to strive to be better than the "norm", and
by that, being as skinny as possible. The
glamorous women are skinny and we see this
everywhere in movies, fashion shows, television,
magazines etc…

Lennard Davis describes normalcy as "Each of
us endeavors to be normal or else deliberates
tries to avoid that state". (p47 Davis) We humans
do everything by comparison, whether it be
comparisons between cars, weight, looks,
money, and pretty much anything else you can
think of. Mostly all us strive to be better than
"normal". Anorexia is a disease, which exists
when a person has a goal, a goal to look better
than anyone else does.

Anorexia in itself is a disability because they are
unable to function like a normal person should.
Their bodies physically deteriorate and they have
a complex that is practically incurable. Anorexia
physically ruins your skin because you are not
consuming any oils and the skin dries out. With
prolong Anorexia, females are prone to losing
their ability to give birth because of malnutrition.
Mentally it kills you because all you think about
is how you look, and looks aren't that important
in comparison to your personality. It is called the
incurable disease because once someone has this
complex they can never really let they eat a fatty
food, or ever see them even a pound heavier
than they are. When my sister was Anorexic, her
doctor asked her, "What would you do if I forced
you to eat a Burger King™ french fry?" She
responded "I'd kill myself". At one point she
weighed 97 pounds, and was 5 feet 10 inches
tall. My sister fortunately has technically been
cured because she eats normally but she still
watches what she eats extremely carefully.

"Any bell curve will always have at its extremities
those characteristics that deviate from the norm.
So, with the concept of the norm comes the
concept of deviations or extremes. When we
think of bodies, in a society where the concept of
the norm is operative, then people with
disabilities will be thought of as deviants. This, as
we have seen, is in contrast to societies with the
concept of an ideal, in which all people have a
non-ideal status" (Davis, p29)

Davis is saying that there are many people who
are considered normal and want to be better than
that. Anorexia deals with this because girls feel
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