I received this from an "unhappy" visitor to
my sideshow website...Joe
Just wanted to let you know there are a LOT
of people in this world who don't appreciate the
stereotyping and side-show image of their disabilities as
portrayed by the circus industry. Please remember, there are
people attached to these conditions. They are not "human
oddities." They are living, working, people who have to deal
with discrimination and gawking. If you are going to include
a description of the specific conditions causing the
"side-show affliction" why not do something to help dispel
the myths about these people by adding links to valid
information about the condition.
Here are some examples you could add.
You may want to add links to help people
understand conditions like, Ehlers Danlos
Syndrome, Marfan Syndrome and there a many others.
"ANATOMICAL WONDER" - This is often caused by
Hypermobile Type Ehlers Danlos Syndrome or Marfan Syndrome.
"ELEPHANT SKIN GIRL/BOY/ETC." - Caused by
Classical Type Ehlers Danlos.
"FROG MAN/GIRL/ETC." - Caused by Hypermobile
Type Ehlers Danlos Syndrome. Classical Type Ehlers Danlos
Syndrome causes skin laxity. These are two distinct
"RUBBER-SKINNED MAN/WOMAN" - This may also be
caused by Classical Type Ehlers Danlos Syndrome.
"TURTLE WOMAN/MAN" - "Double-Jointed" is a
misnomer. There is no such thing as a double-joint. This is
caused by joint hypermobility.
B.....President Area Branch Ehlers Danlos