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Category: Stigmatization

How is "John without arms" an ableist derogatory Brazilian / Portuguese idiom that directly attributes ignorance and laziness to disability and then uses it a technical amputation descriptor to denote the lazy or ignorant?

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Wolf Schweitzer: Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - How is "John without arms" an ableist derogatory Brazilian / Portuguese idiom that directly attributes ignorance and laziness to disability and then uses it a technical amputation descriptor to denote the lazy or ignorant?; published June 20, 2019, 05:33; URL: https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=9683.

BibTeX: @MISC{schweitzer_wolf_1571286524, author = {Wolf Schweitzer}, title = {{Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - How is "John without arms" an ableist derogatory Brazilian / Portuguese idiom that directly attributes ignorance and laziness to disability and then uses it a technical amputation descriptor to denote the lazy or ignorant?}}, month = {June},year = {2019}, url = {https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=9683}}


João sem braço ("armless John") is a Brazilian or Portuguese idiom that is used as an epithet for an ignorant and lazy person.

As that in itself is hardly a positive attribute, it is relevant to understand the position of amputees in society, their individual and collective role, in order to see how this is a very ableist and thus derogatory way to formulate the attribute of ignorant or lazy.

Can you open the zipper of my pants please? - Why, do you need to go to the bathroom? - No... (from [link])
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BLUE LIGHT SPECIAL - Hammer use to hammer nails, with "bionic" prosthetic hand, poses tricky Catch-22 for Cybathlon 2020 [review]

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Wolf Schweitzer: Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - BLUE LIGHT SPECIAL - Hammer use to hammer nails, with "bionic" prosthetic hand, poses tricky Catch-22 for Cybathlon 2020 [review]; published April 20, 2019, 10:28; URL: https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=9594.

BibTeX: @MISC{schweitzer_wolf_1571286524, author = {Wolf Schweitzer}, title = {{Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - BLUE LIGHT SPECIAL - Hammer use to hammer nails, with "bionic" prosthetic hand, poses tricky Catch-22 for Cybathlon 2020 [review]}}, month = {April},year = {2019}, url = {https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=9594}}


The Cybathlon 2020 race rules confront us with two interesting Catch-22 aspects:

-hammering (if not other dangerous) activity that is not endorsed by "bionic" hand manufacturers

-use of damaged / perforated covers, not endorsed by Ossur [link]

A hammer, particularly a cheap or small one, even more so than a heavy dangerous "real" hammer, is an unlikely tool to use with an ~80 000 USD myoelectric "bionic" device that is specifically built to sustain only the lightest of work. And the subject of hammering, technically, as arm amputee with a prosthetic arm, has become relevant since the Cybathlon 2020 directors [link] have taken it upon themselves to make it a "discipline".

STOP - HAMMER TIME?

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Zweimaltot - Beat Glogger (Buchbesprechung) [i]

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Wolf Schweitzer: Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Zweimaltot - Beat Glogger (Buchbesprechung) [i]; published April 9, 2019, 13:15; URL: https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=9570.

BibTeX: @MISC{schweitzer_wolf_1571286524, author = {Wolf Schweitzer}, title = {{Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Zweimaltot - Beat Glogger (Buchbesprechung) [i]}}, month = {April},year = {2019}, url = {https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=9570}}


Ich habe mir nun termingerecht das Buch "Zweimaltot" von Beat Glogger vorgenommen. Meine Buchbesprechung, Review oder Rezension hier verrät allerdings Einzelheiten über den Ausgang (Spoiler Alert).


(C) Copyright Reinhardt Verlag

Das Buch gibt es hier:

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Zweimaltot - Beat Glogger (Buchbesprechung)

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Wolf Schweitzer: Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Zweimaltot - Beat Glogger (Buchbesprechung); published April 9, 2019, 13:14; URL: https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=9492.

BibTeX: @MISC{schweitzer_wolf_1571286524, author = {Wolf Schweitzer}, title = {{Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Zweimaltot - Beat Glogger (Buchbesprechung)}}, month = {April},year = {2019}, url = {https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=9492}}


Ich habe mir nun termingerecht das Buch "Zweimaltot" von Beat Glogger vorgenommen. Meine Buchbesprechung, Review oder Rezension hier verrät allerdings Einzelheiten über den Ausgang (Spoiler Alert).


(C) Copyright Reinhardt Verlag

Das Buch gibt es hier:

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Promembro - Schweizer Lobbyisten wollen Hightech-Prothesen "legalisieren"

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Wolf Schweitzer: Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Promembro - Schweizer Lobbyisten wollen Hightech-Prothesen "legalisieren"; published December 16, 2018, 16:24; URL: https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=9017.

BibTeX: @MISC{schweitzer_wolf_1571286524, author = {Wolf Schweitzer}, title = {{Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Promembro - Schweizer Lobbyisten wollen Hightech-Prothesen "legalisieren"}}, month = {December},year = {2018}, url = {https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=9017}}


Auf ihrer Webseite behaupten Personen von Promembro, "Wir sind die Lobby der Prothesenträger/innen und schaffen ein Schweizer Netz, das auf den Schutz der Interessen der gesamten Prothesenträger/innen spezialisiert ist: Jugendliche und Ältere, Sportler und Nichtsportler, Aktive und Rentner, Kranke und Gesunde. Wir vertreten die Anliegen unserer Mitglieder sowohl bei der Bevölkerung als auch in Politik und der Verwaltung. Die Institutionen wie Procap oder Pro Infirmis sind zu gross, um sich der kleine Zahl der Prothesenträger genügend zu widmen." - Grundsaetzlich sind sie an einer Motion interessiert [link][link], an der Balthasar Glaettli und Roger Golay beteiligt sind.

Damit moegen diese Individuen glauben, wer immer sie seien - aber meine Interessen vertreten sie mit Sicherheit nicht. Sie sind niemals "die" Lobby. Da sie behaupten, sie schaffen "ein Netz", das die Interessen der "gesamten" Prothesentraeger vertreten, ist die Behauptung (oben) bereits bewiesenermassen falsch. Sie vertreten mit Sicherheit meine Interessen, insbesondere diejenigen, die ich relevant finde, nicht. Dazu fehlt es erwiesenermassen an Verstaendnis, und vor allem Respekt. Vielmehr verwenden sie die laengst abgeschmackte Piraten-Metapher, um werbewirksam auf sich aufmerksam zu machen.
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BLUE LIGHT SPECIAL: Pitch black cynicism in the Cybathlon 2020: "the role of a disabled person" [not funny]

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Wolf Schweitzer: Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - BLUE LIGHT SPECIAL: Pitch black cynicism in the Cybathlon 2020: "the role of a disabled person" [not funny]; published October 25, 2018, 23:02; URL: https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=8680.

BibTeX: @MISC{schweitzer_wolf_1571286524, author = {Wolf Schweitzer}, title = {{Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - BLUE LIGHT SPECIAL: Pitch black cynicism in the Cybathlon 2020: "the role of a disabled person" [not funny]}}, month = {October},year = {2018}, url = {https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=8680}}


"With that, visitors of the Cybathlon Experience (TM) can test the role of a disabled person" (können in die Rolle einer behinderten Person schlüpfen) (Oral presentation: "CYBATHLON – bewegt Mensch und Technik", 5.15pm–6.00pm, Dr. Roland Sigrist, Cybathlon, ETH Zurich, Raum E 1.2) -- I was there, one among the 8 people that made the audience of this "sold out" Cybathlon talk; amputees are there for "entertainment" (clearly one of the requirements written on a slide in the presentation) (ist es das, was wir als behinderte Personen spielen? eine Rolle, ja?).

After defining a remarkably strange prosthetic arm race, the makers of the Cybathlon 2020 now start to openly bathe us in their pitch-black cynicism.

Why? Pressing question.

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Reddit promotes clearly derogatory vocabulary for amputation [sociopathic efforts]

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Wolf Schweitzer: Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Reddit promotes clearly derogatory vocabulary for amputation [sociopathic efforts]; published November 30, 2017, 14:25; URL: https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=7810.

BibTeX: @MISC{schweitzer_wolf_1571286524, author = {Wolf Schweitzer}, title = {{Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Reddit promotes clearly derogatory vocabulary for amputation [sociopathic efforts]}}, month = {November},year = {2017}, url = {https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=7810}}


Until we can all be and live as Cyborgs, transhumanist or otherwise freely functional people of this earth, also Reddit and such communities will have to learn that it is NOT cool to call disabled people "gore."

They just did that though.

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"Robotics"/"Cyborg"-ism and prosthetic arms - state of the art, and choice of role of prosthesis within own body image [analysis post]

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Wolf Schweitzer: Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - "Robotics"/"Cyborg"-ism and prosthetic arms - state of the art, and choice of role of prosthesis within own body image [analysis post]; published January 29, 2017, 17:23; URL: https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=7065.

BibTeX: @MISC{schweitzer_wolf_1571286524, author = {Wolf Schweitzer}, title = {{Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - "Robotics"/"Cyborg"-ism and prosthetic arms - state of the art, and choice of role of prosthesis within own body image [analysis post]}}, month = {January},year = {2017}, url = {https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=7065}}


Currently, "robotics" if not "bionics" and prosthetic arms are seen as a somewhat "hot topic". Even though some proponents sometimes appear to get lost in the apparent breadth of the field [link].

I am not following that research path myself too systematically (bwahaha), but I am interested in relevant aspects that fall off the truck, that are byproducts of that discussion, that may help me understand me or others better.

With "not  too systematically", I mean that I have tried and that I will try to walk new paths that have not been walked before: me introducing the Red Hand in 2009 was a first; introducing 2d cut pattern approaches to tackle 3d shape problems was not available anywhere else; wearing a semi-transparent white PVC glove to define the Becker Phantom hand, and getting Centri to make me red PVC gloves for my Becker hand was definitely another first; and me awkwardly mis-understanding the Cybathlon as an actually technical competition and as that being the only one to actually provide a technical write-up (an amputee "discussing" technical research, uiuiui!) definitely was a first (in fact we have not seen anyone else actually sitting their butt down and really telling us what, technically, we get to see there for that prosthetic arms race, which is like having a soccer match but no one understanding leave alone explaining how kicks, balls and possibly passes actually work). And, providing user driven developments for real work applications was also presented by me, in person, at that Cybathlon 2016 Symposium. Not that there were many like-minded individuals, no no.

So let us cut to the chase.

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HumanXDesign - headbanging does not hurt if there is no wall [media idiocy]

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Wolf Schweitzer: Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - HumanXDesign - headbanging does not hurt if there is no wall [media idiocy]; published July 23, 2016, 17:03; URL: https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=6224.

BibTeX: @MISC{schweitzer_wolf_1571286524, author = {Wolf Schweitzer}, title = {{Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - HumanXDesign - headbanging does not hurt if there is no wall [media idiocy]}}, month = {July},year = {2016}, url = {https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=6224}}


"Augmentation is about looking to the future. The question isn't 'should we or shouldn't we' because it's absolutely going to happen. We're speaking at the first conference on human augmentation and cyborgs: HumanxDesign. What do you think?"

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Disability as spectacle? [tracing everyday experiences to follow this proposed aspect]

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Wolf Schweitzer: Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Disability as spectacle? [tracing everyday experiences to follow this proposed aspect]; published June 14, 2016, 19:37; URL: https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=6165.

BibTeX: @MISC{schweitzer_wolf_1571286524, author = {Wolf Schweitzer}, title = {{Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Disability as spectacle? [tracing everyday experiences to follow this proposed aspect]}}, month = {June},year = {2016}, url = {https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=6165}}


An upcoming conference seems to hit more precisely than any other contemporary "spectacle" - from body "hacking" (featuring people that quite simply wear stock item devices) over "workshops" where participants are filmed or photographed (but do not get systematic solutions to all aspects that are shown) to "bionic" limb featurettes - the subject at the very core of the current preoccupation of society with disability is not help or support but focus. Support may only be part of making things appear right.

Actual, true, and dedicated improvement or help is not rendered. It is at best shown as sugar coating, thrown in as minimal excuse, offered as pretense, but not made a didactic or technical focus. We now need to delineate real work, real support from sugar coated symbolism that has different goals and purposes.

What is *featured* here - in that conference - is the "spectacle" aspect. What is featured in some odd "bionic" arm workshop is exactly that: they call it "help" - but they invite television to show how good they are and the focus is not on actual function but on "how it looks and appears to the public". They call it "support", but its main feature is a live stream of discussions on media channels all the while the hook remains the best prosthetic ever.

disabilityasspectacle

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Missing hand, hook, and perceived risk [sociology of fables leaking into modern day perceptions]

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Wolf Schweitzer: Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Missing hand, hook, and perceived risk [sociology of fables leaking into modern day perceptions]; published May 30, 2016, 22:40; URL: https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=4681.

BibTeX: @MISC{schweitzer_wolf_1571286524, author = {Wolf Schweitzer}, title = {{Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Missing hand, hook, and perceived risk [sociology of fables leaking into modern day perceptions]}}, month = {May},year = {2016}, url = {https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=4681}}


Fables and fairy tales carry narratives whose symbolism swaps over into apparently secular perceptions [1]. In other words, even societies that claim to be educated, enlightened and secular typically risk to follow myths - unless they take very specific care to not get trapped there.

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[1] S. White, "Severed Hands as Symbols of Humanity in Legend and Popular Narratives," , 2014.
[Bibtex]
@article{white2014severed,
  title={Severed Hands as Symbols of Humanity in Legend and Popular Narratives},
  author={White, Scott},
  year={2014}
}

Being human #voightkampff - nondisabled vs. disabled people [scenarios]

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Wolf Schweitzer: Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Being human #voightkampff - nondisabled vs. disabled people [scenarios]; published March 2, 2016, 18:11; URL: https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=5743.

BibTeX: @MISC{schweitzer_wolf_1571286524, author = {Wolf Schweitzer}, title = {{Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Being human #voightkampff - nondisabled vs. disabled people [scenarios]}}, month = {March},year = {2016}, url = {https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=5743}}


The mutual viewing of who of us when regarding each other is more, or less, human has a potentially big impact on societal cohesion.

Prosthetic arms today - at least inasmuch as the "bionic" arms hype is concerned - are by far a more societal than practical aspect, so these aspects play a massive role. Once even technical researchers give up honest technical work in their attempt to reach for the fame and society grapes, they start to attach themselves to a dynamic that is neither obvious nor cool. I already strongly advised arm amputees to abandon that social dynamic actively as not doing that will result in actual problems (link). But it starts smooth and nicely before escalating into what one might actually call "the Voight-Kampff chambers of hell of symbolic attribution in attempting mutual acceptance as human".

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Liquid hands in a liquid modernity [symbolism, realism - and then what?] {rather graphic, viewer discretion advised, long, difficult}

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Wolf Schweitzer: Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Liquid hands in a liquid modernity [symbolism, realism - and then what?] {rather graphic, viewer discretion advised, long, difficult}; published February 12, 2015, 17:56; URL: https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=4239.

BibTeX: @MISC{schweitzer_wolf_1571286524, author = {Wolf Schweitzer}, title = {{Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Liquid hands in a liquid modernity [symbolism, realism - and then what?] {rather graphic, viewer discretion advised, long, difficult}}}, month = {February},year = {2015}, url = {https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=4239}}


Liquid identity and liquid hands

One might assume that the "value" or "importance" of hands os the same. It is not. Watch this. Everything these days is in motion. Things are not as they used to be. On second thought, try reading below ; )

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