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Episode Info: Dawn Shaw was born with a tumor in her face. After some risky surgeries, the tumor was removed, but half of Dawn’s face remained paralyzed. Dawn has had people come up to her handing her their plastic surgeons’ business cards and each time she refuses to take them. She likes her face! Just because she has a different face, does not mean she wants to surgically fix it. Her face is her asset. And no, just because she looks different does not mean she also has intelligence challenges as well. Greg and Dawn discuss our concept of what beauty is, the media’s fixation on it, and so much more on this week’s show!   Key Takeaways: [2:40] Does Dawn shit? [4:10] Dawn opens up about her facial paralysis and the tumor that was in her face. [8:30] What kind of challenges did Dawn face when growing up with a paralyzed face? [11:55] We end up enabling people to be assholes if we don’t call them out on their shit. You’re doing them a favor by letting them know they’re being a dick! [14:35] People often care what other people think, and Dawn teaches them that it’s important to ignore them and keep being themselves. However, with that being said, when somebody is telling you consistently that you’re a jerk, then perhaps it’s important to listen. It’s a fine balance. [21:50] Dawn gets treated a certain way because of her looks, and her niece, who has done modeling, gets treated in a very, very different way as well, because of her looks. Neither contrasts are good. [25:25] Dawn has gotten used to the looks she gets when she’s out in public. [29:50] You see the real beauty in people after you’ve gotten to know them. [33:30] The media really skews our sense of self and what is ‘normal.’ [37:40] Just because someone has a different face does not also mean they have an intellectual challenge as well. [39:35] What kind of routines does Dawn have that help her with her personal growth? [48:30] Dawn reads one of her favorite quotes by Neil Gaiman on why it’s important to make mistakes. [58:50] Want some of Dawn’s signed books? Visit her website! She’s got a great special happening.   Mentioned in This Episode:
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