Woman With Dwarfism Talks About What Being So Different From Everyone Else Has Taught Her

"I have to do everything everybody else does, but better."

The community with perhaps the longest history of being ridiculed and parodied in popular culture is people with dwarfism. Even today, despite a collective effort to raise awareness about groups traditionally shunned from mainstream society, people with dwarfism continue to be discriminated against, their plight often more muted in the larger social justice picture.

What is it like to be a person with dwarfism? Or, going even further, what is it like to be a Black woman — one of the most disenfranchised groups in the United States — with dwarfism? Digg recently asked Cara Reedy, a woman of color with achondroplastic dwarfism, about the struggles she faces as a little person: being called "midget," facing questions about her sex life and generally being treated as though she doesn't have feelings and thoughts like everyone else.

But Reedy also talks about how she handles the discrimination and ignorance, and, ultimately, how strong she is made by the many more obstacles she's had to overcome.



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