The Opportunity of Adversity – Aimee Mullins’ presentation at TED.
Mullins had her legs amputated as a child and has made a name for herself as a model, athlete, and inspirational speaker. Her talk addresses how the idea that she’s “overcoming adversity” diminishes her. It’s a great illustration of the power of language and our stereotypes about people with “disabilities.” It’s a good video for discussing language.
A comment on the TED site is interesting, though: Mullins wouldn’t be as effective if she weren’t pretty.
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