Mira Thompson

Introduction to Touch Me Not for IDFA

2018   Writing

‘’From my own experience I know that it is a Sisyphean task to be able to appropriate your own body as someone with a physical disability. Labor that keeps unnoticed by most people. This labor starts very young. The body of someone with a physical disability is seen/experienced and handled as property of people who take care of us and outside care circles. I’m talking about -for example- caretakers/for example caretakers. Or -in public domain- we are not only petted on the head, but are also prone to questions about our intimate and personal life. Our body is almost outlawed when it comes to touching, appraising looks, comments and curious questions. Touches without sexual ulterior motives, clinical actions are our bodies everyday’s business.’’ (excerpt)