Gemma Varnom

The I-word strikes again

Channel 4 describes Viktoria Modesta as "inspiring, unique and very hot" with "a difference that sets her apart from the idealised form of a pop artist". Gemma Varnom asks, can a disabled performer only be noticed or valued if her performance centres on her apparent otherness? ...

It’s not all about you

There's a quote someone or other will decide to share every so often on Facebook - by pure coincidence about 30 seconds before I permanently block them - that goes: "Never ignore somebody with a disability. You don't realise how much they can inspire you!!" ...

What’s in a name?

"So... what exactly do I call you?" It's a question that makes my heart sink every time some well-meaning soul asks it. Like a lot of people, I don't feel p...

On playing normal

I'm one of these women who won't even nip to the shop for a paper and a Freddo without a full face of make-up. And of all the articles, blog posts and tweets...