December 13, 2018


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Are Amputees Getting Sexier, Or Is It My Imagination?

by Maggie Van Ostrand


Are Amputees Getting Sexier, or Is It My Imagination? by Maggie Van Ostrand Is it becoming quite acceptable, even fashionable, in the 21st Century to be without a limb? One look at the Canadian Amputee Hockey Team and 2003 World Gold Medal Champions, should be a clue. Never mind Wayne Gretzky, a better looking, more talented team of players would be difficult to find. And Standing Ice Hockey's not the only current attraction to amputees. Heather Mills, fashion model and wife of Lord of the Rockers, Sir Paul McCartney, is not only without a left leg, but she recently removed her prosthesis and daintily plunked it atop Larry King’s desk in the middle of an interview. 13-year-old surfer Bethany Hamilton recently lost her left arm to a nasty shark, and is continuing to surf with or without her new prosthesis in an amazingly rapid recovery. Equally intriguing is Tony Soprano’s one-legged Russian girlfriend, Svetlana Kirilenka. The audience is not clued in as to whether Tony has the hots for Svetlana because she is limbless, or despite it. In an earlier episode, Tony’s sister, the devilish Janice, stole Svetlana’s artificial leg as revenge for having had a 78 record collection stolen by her. Perhaps Tony should discuss his attraction to Svetlana with Dr. Malfi, his long-suffering psychiatrist, and give her the opportunity to diagnose his condition. He may be a victim of “acrotomophilia” -- a sexual attraction to amputees. In the same way some people are turned on by, say, high-heeled shoes, others are turned on by amputees. Sex can definitely be enhanced by loss of limb, according to amputee porn star Carol Davis, who says, “One of my devotees has given me several pair of pantyhose that he has custom-tailored for me. They have the stump side cut off and sealed closed. When we go out on a date, he is turned on by the fact that while I sit, my stump is nicely enclosed in tight-fitting nylon while it lies on the seat under my dress or skirt. I can always get his attention if I should happen to casually move it under my skirt or dress.” The world has had its share of famous amputees in the 20th Century. Famed actress Sarah Bernhardt, whose loss of a leg in 1915 did not cramp her style, was known as much for her grace and fluidity of movement as she was for her acting ability. In 1939, Chicago White Sox pitcher, Monty (“Gander”) Stratton, whose life was played by James Stewart in 1949’s “The Stratton Story,” lost his leg at the age of 26 in a hunting accident. He not only played for the Sox, but later coached them. One of Hollywood’s most popular actors of the 1940s, Herbert Marshall, lost a leg in World War I. A wooden leg was neither detrimental to his acting prowess nor the prowess he displayed with the ladies. History dubs him excellent in the first and legendary in the second. Regarding the Canadian Amputee Hockey team, two of their many goals are to establish CAHC contacts in each province across Canada, and to reach out to all amputees across Canada encouraging them to "Put their Disability on Ice." This month, they'll be at Alberta Classic Invitational Tournament, Calgary, Alberta, and the Under 28 Youth Skill Development Camp, amputCalgary. In October, Eastern Canada Skill Development Camp for all amputee athletes, Toronto, Ontario and in November, Western Canada Skill Development Camp for all amputee athletes, Calgary, Alberta. No stigma is attached to amputees any more, thanks to the activities of these groundbreaking, indestructible people. ##### Carol Davis: http://www.overground.be/article.php?code=44&lan=en CAHC: http://www.canadianamputeehockey.ca/

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