Illustration by Grace Wilson. Online dating can really suck. Don't run away. This isn't another diatribe about the moral pitfalls of Tinder or whatever dating app you're into and the hookup culture it's supposedly spawned. But it's true, right? We put up profiles, trying so hard to appear smart but approachable, passionate but looking-for-something-fun-and-light, goofy but also sexy.
But the intent seems to be good, and if they can find the elusive line between voyeuristic and didactic, the show could become something of a milestone for a lot of people who have felt invisible for a long time. In the first episode we meet four Los Angeles friends — Angela Rockwood, Auti Angel and Tiphany Adams, who were paralyzed in car accidents, and Mia Schaikewitz, whose paralysis resulted from a medical condition. Chelsie Hill, who was also injured in a car accident, will be added to the group later. The show quickly makes clear just how independent these women are, with shots of Ms. Adams driving, Ms. Angel grabbing something off a high shelf at a grocery store and so on. And it just as quickly answers the two questions that many able-bodied people unfamiliar with this universe immediately have and, yes, sometimes still bluntly ask : How did you end up in that chair, and can you still have sex?
Just because I’m in a wheelchair, it doesn’t mean I don’t have a great sex life
It was the summer of and I was having a bachelorette party. I had been engaged for a year, and it was four weeks from my wedding. I'd met Chris in college; he was my first boyfriend. We got engaged right after graduation.
The new show is a refreshing antidote to Hollywood's fraught relationship with disabled actors. Most of the time, Hollywood seems confused about how to treat actors with disabilities. Movies and TV shows rely heavily on stories that focus on disabilities themselves rather than the people behind them. The most prominent disabled character on television, Glee 's Artie, is played by the able-bodied actor Kevin McHale. And the show's played out a number of miracle-cure storylines for disabled people, from giving Artie mechanical legs that let him walk but that he never uses again, to first giving cheerleader Quinn a surprising recovery from a spinal cord injury and then having her manipulate other characters based on their sympathy for her.