The Quest of Identity: Transabled

Freedom of expression is a privilege that helps individuals create a sense of individuality and identity. Do you have an identity? Quick question have you ever desired to be blind or deaf, or lose a limb or two to become an amputee? This is a burning sensation and wish of some human beings.

Transability is“the desire or the need for a person identified as able-bodied by other people to transform his or her body to obtain a physical impairment,” Professor Alexandre Baril. These individuals believe that the particular ability is a foreign object within them. This feeling and thought build up to the individual experiencing an imposter syndrome. This is an internal experience of believing that you are not as competent as others perceive you to be or that your whole life is a lie.

To acquire the “enticing” transability some individuals have caused accidents of various kinds to be amputees, applying acid in their eyes to become blind or even paying for surgeries to achieve their desire, with the first “aesthetic” amputation tracing back to the late 1990s. This form of identity is gaining waves as more people join the bandwagon. Can pro-disability individuals also be considered as abled differently?

There are other forms of “identities” that we will be exploring in the next couple of days. For now, the question is, Where do you stem your identity from?


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