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<title>Aimee Mullins </title>
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One of the best talks I saw at <a href="http://conferences.ted.com/TED2009/">TED</a> was by <a href="http://www.aimeemullins.com/about.php">Aimee Mullins</a>.
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She was wearing a skirt, but it took a couple minutes before I realized that her legs were artificial. (Both of her legs were amputated below the knee when she was one year old.)
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Aimee told two stories:
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Recently she was speaking at a grade school, and before she walked in, she overheard the teacher tell the kids, “Make sure you don't look at her legs! It's rude.”
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So she started her talk by having all the kids gather around to feel her legs, and ask anything.
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Later she asked the class, “If I wanted to jump over a house, what kind of legs would I need?” The kids brainstormed springs and kangaroos, before one kid asked, “Why would you only jump over a house? Why not a skyscraper?”
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She loved that their perception of her was as a superwoman, not a disabled woman.
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Later, she was out to dinner with friends wearing a new pair of legs.
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Her friend said, “Why are you so tall today?”
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She said, “New legs. I'm six-foot-one in these.”
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Her friend, with no irony, said, “But... that's not fair!”
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Beautiful. Even among friends, she's seen as having an unfair advantage.
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