Viewport width =
September 17, 2018 | by  | in Access Denied |
Share on FacebookShare on Google+Pin on PinterestTweet about this on Twitter

Access Denied

Disability and Sex/Sexuality
A common misconception about disabled people is that they are non-sexual or unable to have sex, especially those with physical impairments. If they do want sex, it is often assumed that no one would desire them, and they must hire a sex worker in order to have sex.
These are common misconceptions because there is little to no sexual education surrounding sex and disability. However, I have spent some time digging to find some resources that might answer some burning questions that you may have concerning how disabled people have sex and feel about sex.
First up is a YouTube video published by the Health Equity Institute in collaboration with the San Francisco State University (SFSU) as part of a transdisciplinary film production course called “Documentary for Health and Social Justice”. The video is called (Sex)abled: Disability Uncensored (2013). It’s a fantastic insight into the different experiences of disabled people and their feelings about sex and sexuality. (Captioned)

The next is a podcast created by Andrew Gurza, a disabled queer man, called Disability After Dark which covers a multitude of topics discussing disability, sex, and identity. These podcasts don’t pull any punches and are frank and upfront about many issues. Andrew also interviews other disabled people about their experiences, is a sparkling conversationalist and has a great sense of humour, making his podcasts both educational and hilarious.
It’s only taboo if you make it that way. The more we learn and talk about sex and disability, the more accessible our society becomes — not just physically, but socially and sexually too.

Share on FacebookShare on Google+Pin on PinterestTweet about this on Twitter

About the Author ()

Add Comment

You must be logged in to post a comment.

Recent posts

  1. Beyond Pink and Blue
  2. It is Enough: Reflections on Pride
  3. In the Mirror: Queer, Brown and Catholic
  4. “Representation”: Victoria Rhodes-Carlin Is Running For Greater Wellington Regional Council
  5. The Community Without A Home: Queer Homeslessness in Aotearoa
  6. Pasifika Queer in Review
  7. The National Queer in Review
  8. Māori Queer in Review
  9. LGBTQI Project Report Update
  10. International Queer in Review

Editor's Pick

Burnt Honey

: First tutorial of the year. When I open the door, I underestimate my strength, thinking it to be all used up in my journey here. It swings open violently and I trip into the room where awkward gazes greet me. Frozen, my legs are lead and I’m stuck on display for too long. My ov

Do you know how to read? Sign up to our Newsletter!

* indicates required