Voluntary amputation article
cloudburst at prodigy.net
Mon Apr 9 07:03:41 PDT 2001
Regina, I feel it's the assumption that our bodies are repulsive which makes
amputation by choice perceived to be any more pathological behavior than,
say, getting a nose job.
----- Original Message -----
From: R. Martin <sci-list at iprolink.ch>
To: Amputee Information Network <amp-l at u.washington.edu>
Sent: Monday, April 09, 2001 8:31 AM
Subject: Re: Voluntary amputation article
> I for one do not find the article offensive in any way. I'ts one of the
> few interesting and well documented articles I have ever read on the DWP
> phenomenon and it would be really excellent if the author was inclusind
> other kind of devotees ( for instance the spinal cord injuried ones ).
> I must not have understood something because I read it from the first line
> to the last line and have not seen the beginning of an offense.
> > I would like to know if anyone finds this article as utterly offensive
> > do.
> > http://www.theatlantic.com/issues/2000/12/elliott.htm
> > It's a long piece, so I refer you specifically to the following quote on
> > page 3, "My initial thoughts were not unlike those of a magazine editor
> > approached about writing it, who replied, 'Thanks. This is definitely
> > most revolting query I've seen for quite some time.'"
> > It is my opinion that, if Mr. Elliott was less comfortable with his
> > revulsion at our amputee bodies, amputation by choice would be no more
> > pathological than a nose job.
> > I know this article has been out for a while, nonetheless I urge you to
> > write the editors and let them know that it is backward and offensive to
> > print a piece so obviously premised on the assumption that our bodies
> > objects of disgust.
> > Thank you.
> > Take care,
> > Mo
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