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    How Presentation Affects Representation - #DwhellOnIt Ep. 56

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    🗣 - "Taylor Lakhryst was an undecided voter who participated in a #CBC program called Face to Face during last year's federal election campaign. While being on the show gave her a chance to ask questions of a party leader, she felt CBC's production choices spoiled the experience by making her appear inept and powerless."

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    "While you expressed #Gratitude for the #Opportunity to provide visibility on the subject of abuse toward the 2SLBGTQIA+ #Community , you felt that #CBC made choices which diluted your appearance. It left you feeling, if not misrepresented, then underrepresented."

    It feels as if #CBC chose to represent me as what I interpret as inept, powerless, and stuck with candy-coated concerns because who I am isn't palatable enough for Canadians who can't cope that #people such as myself strive to inspire and create #change .

    #social platforms highlighted my segment as being of the utmost importance on an issue that had not been placed front and centre in the campaign until my appearance.

    I continued to focus much of my argument on the treatment of my introductory video. I emphasized how problematic it was that this video highlighted "my love for #Sports and karaoke" while omitting more substantive #Comments about the importance of placing responsibility for bigotry and hate-based abuse on the abusers rather than the victims.

    "I'm an undecided voter because" and "Let's be #leaders …" were extracted from two completely different sections of what I provided. #CBC created that line and not me, and I'm not sure if that is conducive to "accuracy."

    "You stated that you followed all the directives given to you in advance by producers, yet you were the only one of the four participants given less than 40 seconds of airtime."

    "You also reiterated that #CBC exercised poor judgment when it failed to include your exchange about pronouns with #ErinOToole .”

    #CBC watered me down and presented me with the safest, most palatable and most comfortable image they could build based on the information I provided.

    "Your complaint is, first and foremost, a reminder that the stories journalists tell are not really "theirs." They are the stories of real #people with real lives, ambitions, and concerns."

    Journalistic Standards and Practices covers much ground regarding ethical #Journalism but doesn't cover specific circumstances.

    "There is more debate to be had about editing your introductory video … it's clear that those producers took two risks with your video."

    "On your frustration that the #question you asked on the show was "negotiated," … I worried it meant that programmers were forcing you to ask the questions that they wanted."

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    📣 - You can #help ! Everything inspiring HireWheller stays ongoing - biased systems, ignorant platforms, violent abusers & isolated victims.

    📣 - Grassroots #power comes from its #people ! Get involved or refer others you know to challenge systemic violence & oppression!

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    @HireWheller: A grassroots group to #help the 2SLGBTQIA+ #Community overcome often-minimized struggles.



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    Savage x Fenty Campaign Reminds Us Not to Tokenize Disability

    Rihanna is known for including models of all genders, skin tones and body types in ad campaigns for her Fenty brand and has even hired models with disabilities for the Savage x Fenty fashion show Now she’s hired a model with limb differences whose photos have been widely circulating in the media. Fenty model Lyric Mariah Heard has amniotic band syndrome, which occurs when the bands that protect fetuses as they develop wrap around the limbs. Heard has only three fully developed fingers and wears a prosthetic leg, and her hands are on full display in the latest Fenty promotional photos, in which she poses confidently, hand-on-hip. Heard’s appearance as a Fenty lingerie model is a representation win, not just for those living with amniotic band syndrome but also for anyone with conditions affecting their hands.  Seeing Lyric confidently strike a pose with her limb differences in clear view could help people with disabilities like arthrogryposis or cerebral palsy who may feel self-conscious about their hands finally see themselves as beautiful and worthy of media representation. But while Heard can certainly resonate with people with disabilities, her solo presence in the photos (and the media buzz surrounding Rihanna’s decision to hire her specifically) could ultimately tokenize her disability. Her rising popularity as “Fenty’s limb-different model” comes at a potentially dangerous cost — being seen almost exclusively as a model with limb differences instead of just another model. Although there are times when emphasizing disability is extremely important, people with disabilities who face tokenism may struggle to balance their disability identities with the other ways they identify. Disability tokenism also wrongly suggests that disability is one-dimensional and that people who are publicly disabled or advocate for the disability community only care about disability issues when the reality is that there’s so much more to a disabled life than disability. If Heard ever opts to downplay her disability identity or bring other identities to the forefront, it could be especially difficult to do because her reputation as a model with a disability now precedes her. Fenty’s decision to hire Heard for their latest campaign makes the model — and her disability — stand out, but in order to normalize disability in the modeling world, they need to continue hiring disabled models and including them naturally alongside able-bodied ones. Hiring disabled models for a campaign is an excellent gateway to better disability representation, but to consumers who rely on buzzy headlines instead of fully researching the brand’s history, it may appear to be a decision to include a “bare minimum” level of ability diversity. While Heard’s presence in this campaign is necessary and a vast improvement over similar ads that don’t feature disabled or limb different models, it’s just one necessary step towards a much larger overall goal — to include models of all abilities in photoshoots and advertisements as often and seamlessly as possible. Lyric Mariah Heard’s inclusion in promotional materials for Rihanna’s Fenty line is groundbreaking for people with limb differences and disabilities affecting their hands, but it shouldn’t be regarded as an “end point” for disability representation.  People who’ve felt self-conscious about their hands and legs are finally seeing them normalized in the media, but the buzz surrounding just one of Fenty’s disabled models could tokenize her.  Fenty remains a step ahead of many other brands in terms of disability inclusion, and they should continue on that trajectory — the modeling world doesn’t typically prioritize disabled models, and the disability community deserves more.

    Dani Birzer

    Rihanna's Savage x Fenty Features Model With Limb Differences

    Singer and actress Rihanna launched a lingerie brand, Savage x Fenty in 2018, and part of her mission was representation. Most recently she hired model Lyric Mariah Heard who has limb differences in order to feature some of her lingerie — a move well received by abled and disabled individuals alike. Mariah was born with a congenital condition called amniotic band syndrome where the bands supporting and protecting the fetus wrap around limbs and organs, causing them to lose blood flow to the bound areas. Heard now models with her prosthetic leg and three fully developed fingers on her left hand. Her first modeling gig was a breast cancer awareness project through her high school, and now she models for brands such as Dolls Kill, Love, Vera and Savage x Fenty. Upon the release of photos with her modeling Savage x Fenty, Heard posted a screengrab from Dazed magazine on Instagram.   View this post on Instagram  A post shared by Lyric Mariah (@phenixsoul) Heard said her ideal modeling scenarios always involve lingerie, telling Health magazine, “Lingerie is beautiful when it fits you right and hugs your body. It makes you look at yourself and be like ‘wow, that is all me.’ It makes me feel a new level of confidence and show my body in full everything — stretch marks, cellulite, surgery scars, here it is. I love all of it and I try to put that forth in my lingerie photos. I’m not selling sex, I’m selling confidence.” Representation of disabled individuals in the fashion industry has had a rocky road to travel and has not always been well-received. Ableism is oftentimes glorified by designers and seldom are brands taken to account about their choices. This ought to be shocking to everyone, considering that over 25% of the American population or 61 million adults have a disability today. Thirteen percent of that number have a mobility disorder. With the upswing in popularity of the body positivity movement or #bopo in the early 2000s, it comes as little surprise that disabled bodies were often taken out of the imagery and remained uncelebrated. However, between 2017 and today, several disabled models have walked the runway of brands like Formation, Nordstrom, Chaos, Gucci, Savage X Fenty and many more. Along with this new wave of representation has come accessible fashion for individuals in wheelchairs or those who rely on other mobility devices from brands like UGG, American Eagle, Target and others. This push can’t start and end with representation. Companies and brands should utilize this movement and put it into practice by hiring individuals with disabilities into roles where they have a seat at the table and can shed light on topics others don’t understand. To my fellow disabled peers, this is your moment. If you have a dream to see yourself in a public, popular setting, don’t let anyone close the door in your face. Your story and voice need to be heard. We deserve our place at the table alongside everyone else, regardless of how we get around, how we think or how we move. Author and social activist bell hooks said it best, “Representation is a crucial location of struggle for any exploited and oppressed people asserting subjectivity and decolonization of the mind.” Once we claim our place, call attention to our needs and challenge the ableist structures that hold us back, nothing can stop us. We have to keep moving forward and allow our needs to be seen and heard.

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    We are not ONLY people with chronic illness. We matter too!

    To the #Media #News & #healthexperts. 500,000 Americans live with primary immune deficiency diseases. Some 133 million Americans have #ChronicIllness and represent 40% of our population. Another million Americans are #overage60. So when you tell the public not to #panic because ONLY #chronicallyill, #olderAmericans and people with #immunediseases will die or have serious illness from COV-19 and that everything is going to be OK you are saying that millions of Americans with chronic illness or old age don't matter. Only healthy young people matter. We are real Americans too and we do matter. We vote, pay taxes and are valuable to our families and to our communities. And we can hear every word you say even if we are all about to succumb to a deadly virus. Should Americans panic over #Coronavirus? Absolutely not. But the lives of millions of Americans are worth taking every precaution for. Try discussing us like we matter too. #sickpeoplematter #oldpeoplematter