keep ALL hero bodies in mind
Hi Jane and Co!
I just heard about SB from your TED talk and am very interested in it. I work for the MN Brain Injury Alliance and it may be a helpful tool for people to refer people to as they are recovering from brain injury. A couple concerns:
-There are two diet / weight losing options in the powerpacks, but nothing for eating disorders. This is triggering and could even be dangerous for people who are recovering from ED.
-Along the same lines, suggesting that the "Let Hunger Be Your Guide" powerup is simple also disregards the experience of people with eating disorders, who may be re-learning how to notice when they are hungry or full. This knowledge doesn't come naturally to everyone.
-There is a fair amount of able-bodied bias throughout the powerups, which in turn makes our variety of bodies invisible. For example, the Bad Guy of Lazy Exercise Robber: Many people with chronic pain, with a permanent mobility impairment, or recovering from TBI can't just walk up a flight of stairs for some "easy" exercise points. Include some "lazy exercise" examples that don't require walking, like the powerup in your demo of raising your fists in the air. You can be overt about people's body's being different by saying things like, "If you use a wheelchair or have other mobility limitations, try..."
Thanks for your work on this game/tool, and looking forward to seeing it improve over time!
"It is part of our task as revolutionary people, people who want deep-rooted, radical change, to be as whole as it is possible for us to be. This can only be done if we face the reality of what oppression really means in our lives, not as abstract systems subject to analysis, but as an avalanche of traumas leaving a wake of devastation in the lives of real people who nevertheless remain human, unquenchable, complex and full of possibility."
Aurora Levins Morales, Medicine Stories