Dating While Disabled Taboo for Many Teen Girls

“Often people are like ‘Oh you’re blind and small. You’re so cute,'” says Emely. “We’re viewed with pity rather than as sexy.” Being stereotyped in this way makes it hard for teen girls to date or see themselves as attractive.

What Type of Starer Are You?

Because of her spinal muscular atrophy, Trinity Miller uses a ventilator, which draws attention from strangers and peers alike; but Trinity has her own things say about how their reactions make her feel. This story is part of Teen Voices’ Girl Fuse series, featuring stories by and about girls with disabilities.