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Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Huffington Post and Bungie Jumping
The Huffington Post under the section "good news" has a story entitled "Paraplegic Woman Goes Bungie Jumping". The video above is evidence that yes indeed "paraplegics" can bungie jump. The article begins "Thrill seeking doesn't stop when you lose the use of your legs". This is news? Why would being unable to use your legs stop one from seeking thrills? Paralysis may limit one's mobility but that is easily negated by a wheelchair. Has the Huffington Post never heard of adaptive sports or the paraolympics? And more to the point why was the woman, the human being sitting in her wheelchair, never identified by name. She is "paraplegic woman". Excuse me but this is about as dehumanizing as you can get.
I will admit I never heard of a person bungie jumping from one's wheelchair. The group that made this possible is Canadian group 9Lives Adventures. Sign me up! I would love to do this. I can only imagine the adrenaline rush. And the leap in faith! Wow, over the edge you go, total trust in your gear. This is worth looking into!