Inclusivity


There’s all sorts of crap going in the world all the time and society’s reaction to it is too try to invoke change.

If you look at political correctness it’s all about ensuring no one is offended or victimised. Whether intentionally or not. Why can’t everyone just be nice to everyone else? Is that really so hard to do? No, but not everyone is nice by default.

That said, the equalitarian in me wants to make something very clear.

I have clients of all ages who come to me with disabilities. Some are blind, a couple have had accidents leaving them with injuries to overcome. I’ve got a guy with mobility issues who comes in with two crutches. Those who walk amongst us fighting their own hidden battles may be dealing with depression, bi-polar disorder, an addiction to anything (it’s not just drugs and alcohol… there’s food, sugar, sex, adrenaline even). There’s plenty of Joe Publics with missing limbs, cerebral palsy and other similarly intrusive conditions they have always had to deal with. All of these people who are fully compus mentus have equal rights to experience, enjoy, learn, and dislike if they so choose everything the non-disabled get to partake in.

I suppose I just want to make it perfectly clear to anyone browsing my posts that nothing listed above prohibits you being waxed if you choose to be and I will never turn you away because of any of them. I will need to enquire about medications and their side effects and you may have related conditions which might mean it’s not safe to wax you but I’ll only refuse if it’s medically not advisable to go ahead.

As a waxer and educator I aim to be as inclusive as it is possible for me to be. I can’t proclaim to offer classes in Portuguese for instance as I can’t speak a word of it but I will be as receptive and honest as I can be. Will I willingly teach someone with Parkingson’s to wax? Yes. Do I think it’s a good way for you to spend your money? No. It’s unlikely I’ll be able to pass you if you can’t complete the practical requirements of the course. Is it fair? No, but unfortunately that’s life a lot of the time but I’m not going to lie to you just to make some money.

When I was a teenager I had the opportunity through school to volunteer on what were labelled then as playschemes for handicapped children. You know what? We had a blast and I made some lifelong friends along the way too. I’ve always wanted to learn BSL (British Sign Language) and never got around to it. I do still remember some Makaton signs and I do know the alphabet in BSL. If you’re deaf and reading this and you want a wax I’m happy to communicate any which way we can.

When it comes to teaching, students learn via different methods. Some are visual, some are avid note takers, some may need to physically repeat the tasks they’re learning over and over and then suddenly it sinks in and they have an Eliza moment! By George, she’s got it! (That’s a My Fair Lady reference for any who don’t get it!) My point is we’re all individuals and this is something that needs to be very quickly evaluated if you’re only attending a short course. Whatever suits you though is fine – don’t let people who differ make you feel inadequate.

As far as I’m concerned your race, creed, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, marital status, parental status, able-bodiedness or anything else have no relevance as to whether I will treat you with the same respect I believe everyone deserves – but if you’re horrible to me we’ll definitely have a problem!

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