“And yet the advertisers, who determine nowadays who will be represented publicly and who will not, deny the existence of me and my kind absolutely.” (paragraph 4) In this passage, Mairs displays her emotions of frustration and anger towards the advertisers who “ deny the existence” of her and other disabled people.
“Everyone else is “there,” sucking breath mints and splashing on cologne and swigging wine coolers. You’re “not there.” And if not there, nowhere.” ( paragraph 6) Mairs discusses how if you do not conform to the “normal” aspects of society, you will be judged and not be considered as a “normal” person.
“I’m easy to spot even in a crowd. So when I tell you I haven’t noticed any women like me on television, you can believe me.” (paragraph 1) describes how her disability has an affect on her physical appearance, thus causing attention to her unintentionally.
“In most ways I’m just like every other woman of my age,nationality and socioeconomic background. I menstruate, so I have to buy tampons. I worry about smoker’s breath, so I buy mouthwash. I smear my wrinkling skin with lotions. I put bleach in the washer to my family undies won’t be dingy…” (paragraph 4) Mairs states give detailed information of her daily routine in order to show she is just like other woman of her age.
“Some disabled people call you TAPs, or Temporary Able Persons. The fact is that ours is the only minority you can join involuntarily, wihtout warning, at any time.” Mairs and some disabled people believe that all people eventually will become apart of the disabled community whether they like it or not.
“This kind of effacement or isolation has painful, even dangerous consequences, however.”(paragraph 6) Mairs discusses that isolation can cause severe negative effects on a person, and that one can only tolerate the effacement for so long. The consequences of tolerating it for a period of time could lead to severe health issues and even death.
Nancy Mairs, the author of “Disability”, is a profound feminist, pacifist, and a cripple diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Mairs attempts to show society that disabled people are just like regular people through facts and personal experiences. Mairs describes how people with disabilities are constantly excluded from the media and argues in a persistent manner in order to make changes.
“I menstruate so, so i have to buy tampons, I worry about smoker’s breath, so i buy mouthwash. I smear my wrinkling skin with lotions. I put bleach in the washer so my family’s undies won’t by dingy. I drive a car, talk on the telephone, get runs in my panty hose, eat pizza.” (paragraph 4) Observing the passage, Mairs describes her daily routines in her personal life demonstrating that she is just like women of her age. “ To depict disabled people in the ordinary activities of daily life is to admit there is something ordinary about disability itself, that it may enter anybody’s life” (paragraph 5)?
From reading the passage, you can observe that Mairs belief is that society judges and treats people with disabilities differently than one with none. Mairs real issue is with advertisers and how they intentionally refuse to put disabled people on advertisements, despite many products being used by the the disabled. I believe Nancy Mairs is a strong women who is able to speak her thoughts freely without being emotionally harmed by what society has to say.