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


Publication Title
Women's Studies
Publication/Creation Date
2017
Creators/Contributors
Luna Dolezal (creator)
Trinity College, Dublin (contributor)
Donna Haraway (contributor)
Rosi Braidotti (contributor)
Aimee Mullins (contributor)
Media Type
Journal Article
Persuasive Intent
Academic
Description
Abstract:

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
http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00497878.2017.1252569
HCI Platform
Embeddable
Location on Body
Leg
Technology Keywords
Prosthetics, Prosthetic Legs, Cyborgs
Marketing Keywords
Source
https://www.academia.edu/11885432/Representing_Posthuman_Embodiment_Considering_Disability_and_the_Case_of_Aimee_Mullins

Date archived
April 8 2018
Last edited
August 5 2018
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. https://fabricofdigitallife.com/index.php/Detail/objects/2923