Representing Posthuman Embodiment: Considering Disability and the Case of Aimee Mullins
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.
2017, VOL. 46, NO. 1, 60–75
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