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A Halloween PSA from Someone with a Facial Difference

A quick reminder on an overlooked insensitivity during this wondrous season

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A lot of times, though, people don't need to worry about others knowing the context of a story: the scary element of their costume, the face, is enough to spook others out. This reliance on the superficial minimizes those who actually have facial differences and changes how many of us are perceived.

It is difficult to scroll through Instagram and see a makeup tutorial on how to achieve a perfect, gruesome scar for Halloween, or walk around during the season and look at prosthetic burns and bumps, as if burns and bumps and scars are bad things.

Listen: they're not - there actually beautiful - and the people who have them aren't inherently bad.

So this Halloween, when you're conceptualizing your perfect costume, ask yourself, is this mocking, belittling, or minimizing someone else's appearance or identity? If you're unsure, just look it up!

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