edited to add links to blog posts
Woah. So. I had this idea for a blogpost about disability and sexuality, sparked by a blog I read and I’ve just covered a brief look at this in my future learn course.
Then I sat down and thought about it and was like where on earth do I start…
There are so many things to talk about:
- Can disabled people have sex? Answer is yes btw
- How do disabled people have sex?
- Mental health and sexuality
- Stereotypes of disability and sex
- sex toys and disability
- disability and body image
- sex and chronic pain
- disability and menstruation
- paying for sex
- Sexuality and learning/intellectual disabilities
- The issue of consent
- Disability and abortion (by which I mean the ethical ponderings not disabled people having abortions)
- Needing another person to assist with sex
- The right to have sex
- Differences between gender experiences
- Why does society view people with disabilities as sexless?
- Forced sterilisation
- The lack of sex education and support specifically related to disability
- Disability and contraception
And that was just a five minute throw stuff down on paper exercise…
This is clearly a HUGE issue and one which will not fit into one blog post… So. I’m going to go away, do some reading and then come back with some more info and thoughts about some of these issues.
By the way, the Future Learn course I’m doing is great. It’s called Disability and a Good Life; Thinking through Disability.
It’s been so much more interesting and in depth than I was expecting. I’d kind of signed up to just see what it was like and throw in my experiences and opinions and partly to make sure that it wasn’t just lots of able bodied people talking about this unknown concept of a disabled person. But I was so wrong.
We’ve covered so much; history of disability, disability around the world, who counts as disability, attitudes, intersectionality (which is where sexuality has come in) etc. If they run it again, do it. If not, they’re running a sister course in August called Disability and a Good Life: Working with Disability.