Liability, a free online magazine written by sassy ladies for sassy ladies was launched early this year and is going from strength to strength. The magazine features articles by established bloggers and writers on fashion, make up, sport, sex, current affairs and travel to name a few.
Liability was the brainchild of CEO of Enhance the UK, Jennie Williams. She found herself surrounded by and chatting with a group of highly successful and personable women at an event held at the Gherkin in central London. Professions within the group included a travel writer, TV presenter, graphic designer, writer, business owner, model, blogger, events manager, trainee counseller, musician and a charity worker. Jennie noticed that they all had something interesting to say and were not shy about coming forward and sharing their experiences and views. They all also had something else in common; they all had a disability. You see, the event was to celebrate the unveiling of a new Enhance the UK film for the Undressing Disability campaign – a campaign which aims to raise standards in sexual health and sexual awareness for disabled people. At the event was an exhibition of photographs of disabled people in their underwear. These photographs clearly show that people with disabilities can be sexual too and helps to break the stigma around sex and disability. Some of the women that Jennie was speaking to had taken part in that campaign, others wanted to show their support. Conversation turned towards the stereotypes of disabled women and the seed for Liability magazine was sown.
Every author who contributes towards the magazine has a disability themselves, but they didn’t want the magazine to be about disability. They wanted to show that disabled women have the same interests as able bodied women. That disabled women can be highly successful in their work, sexy, interesting and fun. It is a real shame that society often perceives disabled people as scroungers, lazy and people who should be pitied. Yes of course all the women involved in the magazine have difficulties which they have to overcome. But none of the women wish to be defined by their difficulties.