The Myths of Human Durability (A Call for Submissions)

In a recent Special Interest Group call on the Disposability of Men we talked about the myths we grow up believing which are presented to us in media. Growing up in the 70s, the threat of quicksand was a real one to me, thanks to television. Between Batman, Land of the Lost, and Gilligan’s Island, the threat of quicksand seemed to be one of those things I thought I needed to be prepared for. Alas, all that preparation was in vain. I have never encountered a single patch of quicksand. Ever.

Along with quicksand I subconsciously took in the idea people could be involved in incredible slugfests, get hit over the head with sinks or saps and after commercial interruption be ready for action again. This is far from the truth. While Hollywood promotes stories of Human durability with survivor stories, it does not prepare you for the vulnerabilities of being Human. We are fragile creatures.

Unintentional falls killed more than 30,000 people in the United States in 2014. While this includes skateboard and biking accidents, it also incorporates more mundane accidents such as slipping in the bathtub, falls down the stairs, and stumbling from the curb. We discussed this because it ultimately led to the question of Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), helmets and the idea that such injuries are incremental, subtle and often undetectable for years.


We want to hear from you: What myths of the Human condition have you learned from televisions and movies? Were you surprised to discover a personal fragility after an accident or even something as simple as a fall in your home?

Insurance companies are starting to offer incentives to people who live safer and lower risk lives. Have you considered doing more to increase safety in your life? Driving slower, wearing seatbelts, using bathtub mats?

As you get older are you more concerned about getting hurt which can cause permanent damage to your body? Are you engaged in fitness programs which might mitigate these injuries such as yoga or other balance related exercises?

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