Push Girls

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Wheelchair-bound women combat stereotypes; some sexuality.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The series highlights how women in wheelchairs can live full, empowered lives. The challenges they often face and stereotypes about the disabled are frequent discussion points.

Positive role models

They're not perfect, but these women are strong, independent, and have chosen to live full lives. All are conventionally attractive. For young women with disabilities especially, these women's tenacity is worth emulating.

Violence

Discussions of serious injuries and illnesses that paralyzed each woman. Disturbing images of car accident scenes are occasionally shown.

Sex

Contains references to and discussion of sexual behavior -- both hetero- and homosexual -- with some kissing. Women are shown in skimpy outfits; occasionally women are shown partially nude (the side of buttocks/breasts visible). Bisexuality is a theme.

Language

Words like "hell" audible; occasional curses like "s--t," "f--k" bleeped.

Consumerism

One cast member drives a Mustang. References are made to 21 Jump Street and modeling agencies like Vanity Fair.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Wine and cocktail drinking over meals and during social functions.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Push Girls is a reality series that highlights how some Los Angeles wheelchair-bound women choose to live with their disability. It sends an empowering message about facing challenges and living life to the fullest. It also contains some sexual content (including partial nudity), some bleeped cursing ("s--t," "f--k"), and social drinking. References are made to serious injuries and illnesses as they relate to the cast's disabilities; occasionally disturbing images of car wrecks are shown.

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What's the story?

PUSH GIRLS is a reality series that follows four Los Angeles-based wheelchair-bound women who push themselves beyond what people expect them to do and be. It stars Tiphany Adams, a flirtatious young woman who likes exploring her relationship options; Mia Schaikewitz, who is fiercely protective of her single status; and hip-hop dancer Auti Angel, who is now turning her sights towards motherhood. Rounding out the cast is Angela Rockwood, a model who is trying to revamp her career. It isn't always easy trying to navigate the body-conscious world of Los Angeles, but these women show how they live their lives to the fullest and face every challenge that comes their way.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

The series offers a voyeuristic look into the lives of women whose worlds are impacted, but not curtailed by the fact that they are in a wheelchair. It highlights many of the day-to-day challenges they face as a result of being unable to walk and/or move freely, and how they have adapted their lives in order to face them. It also addresses some of many stereotypes that exist about the disabled.

Like many reality shows, it contains its fair share of strong sexual content and relationship drama, but this is tempered with frank discussions about the ways that being paralyzed and in a wheelchair impacts these situations. Overall, it reminds us that the disabled have the same needs, wants, and desires as all people, and demonstrates how these women are not afraid to pursue them.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the way society thinks about and treats the disabled. What are some of the challenges people with disabilities face every day? Does this show reveal challenges that you hadn't thought of? What are some common stereotypes about people who are in wheelchairs and/or who have other physical limitations?

  • Does the media perpetuate generalizations about people with disabilities? If so, how? Does this show diffuse some of these characterizations?

TV details

Cast:Angela Rockwood, Auti Angel, Tiphany Adams
Network:Sundance Channel
Genre:Reality TV
Topics:Great girl role models
TV rating:TV-PG
Available on:Streaming

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