Representing Posthuman Embodiment: Considering Disability and the Case of Aimee Mullins

Publication Title
Women's Studies
Publication/Creation Date
Luna Dolezal (creator)
Trinity College, Dublin (contributor)
Donna Haraway (contributor)
Rosi Braidotti (contributor)
Aimee Mullins (contributor)
Media Type
Journal Article
Persuasive Intent

In this article, I will consider the figure of Aimee Mullins as a mainstream exemplar of the posthuman body. Mullins is an American world-record-breaking athlete, fashion model, inspirational speaker, and actress who wasborn missing both her fibula bones, which resulted in her having both of herlegs amputated below the knee when she was a year old. Mullins is an icon of disability pride and equality and a symbol of posthuman progress wheretechnology and biology have come together in order to enhance and extendhuman capability. She famously owns over a dozen pairs of prosthetic legs thatshe can change at will, transforming not only her physical appearance but alsoher physical capability. An outspoken advocate of posthuman progress andexperimentation through her use of various prostheses, Mullins effectively exemplifies the multiplicity and transgression that are purportedly central to the posthuman project.

Women's Studies 
2017, VOL. 46, NO. 1, 60–75
HCI Platform
Relation to Body
Related Body Part
Technology Keywords
Prosthetics, Prosthetic Legs, Cyborgs
Marketing Keywords

Date archived
April 8 2018
Last edited
July 5 2021
How to cite this entry
Luna Dolezal. (2017). "Representing Posthuman Embodiment: Considering Disability and the Case of Aimee Mullins". Women's Studies. Women's Studies. Fabric of Digital Life.