From an identity standpoint, what does it mean to have a disability? Pamela Anderson has more prosthetic in her body than I do. Nobody calls her disabled.

Aimee Mullins

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“My 12 Pairs of Legs.” TED2009. Feb. 2009. Conference Presentation.

Source: "My 12 Pairs of Legs." TED2009. Feb. 2009. Conference Presentation. Additional Information: According to this quote from author, athlete and activist Aimee Mullins, society has bizarre ideas about what it means to be disabled; on one hand, people with prosthetic limbs are generally considered "disabled," but people who get elective plastic surgery to implant prosthetic body parts -- such as sex symbol Pamela Anderson -- are not. This quote is from Mullins' 2009 TED Talk about perceptions of disability and what it's like to wear a prosthesis. Watch the full TED Talk here: Aimee Mullins - My 12 Pairs of Legs