New York Magazine, You Stole From #YesJCrewCane

Posted on April 28, 2014

Dear New York Magazine,

“Canes, The New Monocle?” is a recent headline of yours. Taken from a Tweet I had written. It was among a string of tweets I had sent to you. I thought you would be receptive to my out there inclusive idea.

So when I discovered your article written on April 6th featuring a Sabi cane, I was thrilled. And then I saw the headline: Canes, The New Monocle? I couldn’t believe it, I thought you were finally showing interest.

But I quickly learned that you weren’t actually interested at all. Or maybe it wasn’t that you had no interest, maybe you felt guilty for what happened next.

New York Magazine Cane Article


I credited GQ on the photo above, because they found your spread mock worthy. More on that in a bit. This is what’s not mock worthy.

Falls are the leading cause of death among our elderly population. You can read more about that in the New York Times.

Once you outfit someone who is at risk with an appropriate assistive device, you virtually eliminate falls.

This is why marketing canes appropriately is so important. If you reduce the stigma of assistive devices, you reduce the rate of falls and you save lives. People who find assistive devices stigmatizing will choose not to use them.

Canes are not just some accessory. Not only do canes provide support, but they also speak for the user. A cane says I need a little extra time and space. I’d love your patience and your seat.

But for many, canes speak of shame. I do not feel that way, though I did when I used a hospital cane. My purple cane is my sidekick. I have received numerous compliments on it and endless kindnesses because of it. And I want to give back in a valuable way. I want everyone to know that a cane is not a last resort. Canes can be beautiful. You know this, you did a spread on them.

But back to GQ. When John Jannuzzi wrote a post in response to your cane spread, calling it ‘New York Magazine Says Canes are a Thing. We Say No.‘ I was horrified. You didn’t ‘get it’ and you didn’t give Jannuzzi and GQ a chance to ‘get it’ either.

Which brings me to this update. It has been 9 months since I initially tried to bring this to your attention. You have yet to acknowledge my concerns. I found out today that you apologized for not verifying your sources. Why can’t you apologize for not crediting one as well?

I have tried playfully tweeting to the author of this post:

New York Magazine Jennifer Capriati Tweet

I have also tried calling and emailing. But I know I’ll never hear back. My only hope is that one day, my crazy out there idea will take off and The Cut will happen to do an article, not about canes, but some random story about the fashion of inclusion.


Liz Jackson

What Others Are Saying

  1. Suzanne Bartlett April 28, 2014 at 4:20 pm

    You are pretty awesome Liz….and nobody better piss off my nephew Hanky or they will have TN He’ll to pay:) that’s all:) muah! !

  2. Suzanne Bartlett April 28, 2014 at 4:21 pm


  3. Monique Farrow April 28, 2014 at 8:45 pm

    This is amazing…Liz, YOU are amazing. Take THAT New York Magazine!!

  4. Assaf wand April 29, 2014 at 5:59 am

    We love everything you stand for and find you inspiring

    I am the founder and CEO of Sabi and if something gives us strength to keep pushing us people like u

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