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    wow! just spent my lunch break watching this. LOVED it!!!

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    Yeah, we were glued watching how and what kind of set-up Angela uses for her makeup. My daughter would like to do this on her own too and get rid of me!

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    I was looking forward to it.... but was disappointed. It was pretty annoying to watch too, mainly because they tried too hard and was 'forcing' issues that would be better if allowed to flow more naturally or was better paced. Their "conversations" were also too staged and looked more awkward than like a few girlfriends chit-chatting. The blonde chick's personality was the most annoying.

    Also, Angela's AD/spasm bit was way more dramatized than necessary and was even misleading. She could have used a better situation to give the "AD" lesson. She's a producer on the show, so can't blame editing for inaccurately splicing it.

    I think they were laying the foundation but in so doing, they seemed hurried in trying to pack too much in, and even perpetuating some stereotypes - "hey, let's challenge them stereotypes by reinforcing them and actually internalizing it, and that way, I can call myself out as the exception!" Ok, pique interest and curiosity by throwing in some drama, danger and heroics, and sex it up a bit with lots of sex talk and potential girl on girl action.... but again, I think the show was trying too hard and it looked too forced to me. It hasn't completely lost me, so I'll give it a couple eps to see if it gets better.

    Side-note, Angela is in her late 30's, and that's old for any model's career, AB or dis. So that direction does seem rather unrealistic as a serous career goal, unless using it as a way to get back in the industry to pursue related things like acting etc. Anyhoo....I guess I'll have to watch the show to see what develops, huh. ha.
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    I missed it but my neices said they were going to watch it.

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    You have to remember, most of the world doesnt know or understand a thing about SCI. Yes, lots of it was to sell the show, need sex and drama to keep viewers. But they discussed many of the hurdles that face our community and this show will open many eyes. Overall I think this is a step in the right direction and Im excited about it. And who says older women cant be hot, sexy and have a career as a model...whether AB or not?

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    Does anyone else use that technique for getting in and out of the bath??

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    At first I thought it was really annoying, but..
    If they make the show too realistic and really show how much fun and delightful the SCI lifestyle is, NO AB will be interested in watching it and the show will be closed down. After thinking about it I think they have gone for a pretty good balance, sexing it up, making it over dramatic, MTV editing sound bites to keep the peeps interested. Yet still managing to show some of the things that effect someone with SCI, without boring the pants off of the AB's. The ladies overall are pretty brave and I take my hat off to them for working it. It would be good if they could introduce some more wheelchair characters as the program progresses, to really show how different each individuals SCI is and how different everyone's situation is. As with any of these real life type shows, some of the characters have to be really annoying, it kind of goes with the territory,
    so the character that is being really annoying is scoring high on the annoyance scale and definitely got under my skin.(blonde mustang driver)
    Hopefully it'll keep going.

    Maybe because I am always so frustrated, I could really relate to this.

    http://www.hulu.com/watch/365467/pus...ing#s-p1-sr-i1

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    Quote Originally Posted by NW-Will View Post
    Thanks, I just watched the show. I wouldn't have thought to look on Hulu.

    Wow, lots of thoughts and feelings. First, I wish it was a bunch of guy wheelers - I'd have more to relate to. It's an awkward watch. I like the parts that are just about them being people who use chairs, I can relate to that. Interesting tip sitting on a wheel to reach higher. I love the idea of having a roommate who uses a chair (if I wanted a roommate). I definitely feel better or more normal when I'm in casual situations around other wheelers. Suddenly it seems like there is a spot in the world for me.

    I don't like Southern California, seeing L.A. isn't a lot of fun but hey, it's where they live. I don't know, not sure what I think. I will watch more episodes as they come out and I am glad I saw this one.

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    [QUOTE=grommet;1538843]I definitely feel better or more normal when I'm in casual situations around other wheelers. Suddenly it seems like there is a spot in the world for me.


    This is exactly what is great about this show!

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    New York Times review

    June 3, 2012
    By NEIL GENZLINGER

    “Push Girls,” a reality show about five attractive women in wheelchairs, is likely to engender a number of reactions in viewers, not all of them helpful to the cause of illuminating the lives of people with disabilities. From the premiere, showing Monday night on the Sundance Channel, it’s not entirely clear which of those reactions the series’s creators are going for. 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 “push” in the show’s title doesn’t refer to assistance these women need to get around. It’s push as in boundary pushing.
    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?

    The accidents and Ms. Schaikewitz’s condition (a ruptured blood vessel in her spinal cord that, she recounts, “paralyzed me from the waist down over the course of a half-day”) are summarized, but the four women we initially meet seem long past the brooding stage. As for sex, various boyfriends and, in Ms. Adams’s case, a girlfriend, are introduced, and Ms. Angel, who is married, is contemplating trying to have a child.
    “Being 42 and in a wheelchair, most people don’t think that I can have a baby,” she says. “But I physically can. I just don’t know if I’m ready to give up my career and my independence.” (She was a dancer before her accident and still is.)

    The premiere episode tends to lapse into a “You go, girl” mode typical of shallow treatments of disability, with fist-pumping and treacly background music. It’s a tone that subtly demeans, suggesting that simple things like having head shots taken (Ms. Rockwood is trying to restart a modeling career) must be applauded because, golly, for someone in a wheelchair to do anything other than sit there is a triumph.

    A little of that may be necessary to hook an audience that has come to expect this treatment whenever a person with a disability turns up on television, but the faster this show sheds that tone and its preoccupation with sex, the more useful it will be. There are numerous other things we’d like to know about these interesting women besides the particulars of their love lives: their finances, their experiences on the job, their journey to get to the confidence level they seem to have achieved, their hopes for new technologies and medical breakthroughs.

    Another challenge for “Push Girls” is dispelling the impression that these women are representative. Certain viewers might well look at them and conclude, “Gorgeous, smart, independent; I guess the disabled-Americans problem has been solved, so I can go back to not thinking about it.”

    The reality, of course, is that vast numbers of people in wheelchairs aren’t young and independent, are in poor physical health, don’t have money and can’t even get interviewed for jobs. The show needs to make sure to convey that it is about five unique and engaging individuals who can shed light on some aspects of the disabilities universe but aren’t that whole universe.
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    I haven't seen the show, but thank god we have the Times. That's some seriously intelligent and informed writing.

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