Amputees & Devotees, by Grant C. Riddle, hardcover, 337 pages,
©1989, Irvington Publishers.
Available as hardcover book or Kindle ebook version via Amazon.com. Kindle version is updated ©2010.
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This book dares to discuss the source of social stigma experienced by women amputees.
This definitive book is an important sociological/psychological study of an interesting but little
understood and greatly misunderstood emotion otherwise known as "amputee attraction."
Disability stigmata is deep in the psychology of all animals. The mother lion
will kill a newborn cub with a deformed paw. Such is the inherent need to
maintain perfection in the species. Even civilized cultures demonstrate that
need. A disabled woman is seen as unfit to reproduce. Hence, finding them
attractive is counter to social dictates.
Here is the book that provides the definitive description and analysis of that phenomenon which produces those strangely compelling emotions so familiar to the "devotee." This book is must reading for every amputee, devotee, and psychology professional who must deal with the social and emotional problems of the disabled woman. The author discusses the derivation of social stigma that is associated with being physically disabled, and how the devotee actually responds contrary to those stigma sanctions.
This book provides the explanation, examination, and analysis of the nature of the phenomenon of amelotasis (attraction to amputees) and the "hidden agenda" behind the devotee's interests. This book describes how the devotee rejects the association of social stigma as it is applied to the disabled woman and how that rejection then provides the basis for his attraction. While the book addresses the social problems of amputee women in particular, the basic concept also applies to other forms of disability as well.
This book has been banned in some public libraries, but is available by mail order. The information it contains is controversial, and the book is both hailed as reality by some women amputees for "telling it like it really is," and disputed by others in a conspiracy of denial. The book has been suppressed within the prosthetics profession since it describes some of their own questionable practices. The book should be every amputee woman's bible.
This book will make a good gift for any acquaintance who is involved with amputees from either side of the subject. Over 100 references have been cited in support of the conclusions presented. Many are published autobiographies. The subject and conclusions are relevant even today. The updates are the result of information received after the initial publication.
The unusual psychology of the amelotatist (defined in the book) is discussed in detail. And the average compassionate amelotatist is presented as a beneficial variation of normal social functioning which may tend to enhance the amputee's advantage. The attraction is not well understood by the psychological profession, and it is most often disparaged by those who know little or nothing about it. The professionals who do know about it are silent, sensing that any display of such knowledge would stigmatize their own careers.
The Introduction has been written by Dr. John Money, PhD, of Johns Hopkins University. Forewords have been written by Dr. Dwight Dixon, JD,PhD, and Dr. Erwin Angres, MD. The book has been welcomed by women amputees, including several who have PhD's in psychology.
"This book is a significant contribution to the understanding of this puzzling syndrome." --Erwin Angres, MD.
"This is the first book on this often perplexing subject. It has been written with care and understanding, and that is exactly what this subject and those with a personal interest in it need." --Dwight Dixon, JD, PhD.
"We want all who read this material to say, 'I'm OK -- It's OK,' thus allowing both the amputee and the devotee to feel good about themselves." --Bette Hagglund, Editor, Fascination, amputee.
"This book will stir up a lot of controversy. Bringing sensitive issues such as this out of the closet usually does. That takes guts, and the responses will surely follow, from both sides of the fence." --Carolyn J. Long, PhD, amputee.
"Necessary and worthwhile. Long overdue." --women amputees.
"Finally the true social situation of the amputee woman has been told." --woman amputee.
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