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The Routledge Handbook of Disability and Sexuality

The Routledge Handbook of Disability and Sexuality


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This handbook provides a much-needed holistic overview of disability and sexuality research and scholarship. With authors from a wide range of disciplines and representing a diversity of nationalities, it provides a multi-perspectival view that fully captures the diversity of issues and outlooks.

Organised into six parts, the contributors explore long-standing issues such as the psychological, interpersonal, social, political and cultural barriers to sexual access that disabled people face and their struggle for sexual rights and participation. The volume also engages issues that have been on the periphery of the discourse, such as sexual accommodations and support aimed at facilitating disabled people's sexual well-being; the socio-sexual tensions confronting disabled people with intersecting stigmatised identities such as LGBTBI or asexual; and the sexual concerns of disabled people in the Global South. It interrogates disability and sexuality from diverse perspectives, from more traditional psychological and sociological models, to various subversive and post-theoretical perspectives and queer theory. This handbook examines the cutting-edge, and sometimes ethically contentious, concerns that have been repressed in the field.

With current, international and comprehensive content, this book is essential reading for students, academics and researchers in the areas of disability, gender and sexuality, as well as applied disciplines such as healthcare practitioners, counsellors, psychology trainees and social workers.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781138593237
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 12/30/2020
Series: Routledge International Handbooks
Pages: 508
Product dimensions: 6.88(w) x 9.69(h) x (d)

About the Author

Russell Shuttleworth is Senior Lecturer in Social Work at Deakin University, Australia. An anthropologist, social worker and disability support worker/personal assistant by training, his major research areas include the social and cultural construction of disability and impairment, disability and sexuality and disability and masculinities.

Linda R. Mona has worked as a clinical psychologist for the VA Long Beach Healthcare System in California, USA, for the past 19 years. As the clinical director of spinal cord injury/disorder psychology, she has prioritised disability affirmative psychological services and sexual health assessment and treatment for people with disabilities.

Table of Contents

List of illustrations xi

List of contributors xii

Introduction 1

Introduction: Contextualising disability and sexuality studies Russell Shuttleworth Julia Bahner Linda R. Mona 3

Part I Theoretical frames and intersections 37

1 Theorising disabled people's sexual, intimate, and erotic lives: Current theories for disability and sexuality Kirsty Liddiard 39

2 Theoretical developments: Queer theory meets crip theory Alan Santinele Martino Ann Fudge Schormans 53

3 Thinking differently with Deleuze about the sexual capacities of bodies and the case of infertility amongst men with Down syndrome Michael Feely 68

4 A critical rethinking of sexuality and dementia: A prolegomenon to future work in critical dementia studies and critical disability studies Alisa Grigorovich Pia Kontos 85

5 Combating old ideas and building identity: Sexual identity development in people with disabilities Emily M. Lund Anjali J. Forber-Pratt Erin E. Andrews 97

6 Sexuality and disability in Brazil: Contributions to the promotion of agency and social justice Marivete Gesser 106

Part II Subjugated histories and negotiating traditional discourses 119

7 Sexuality, disability and madness in California's eugenics era Jess Whatcott 121

8 Disability rights through reproductive justice: Eugenic legacies in the abortion wars Michelle Jarman 132

9 Sexuality and the disregard of lived reality: The sexual abuse of children and young people with disabilities Gwynnyth Llewellyn 144

10 Sexuality and physical disability: Perspectives and practice within Orthodox Judaism Ethan Eisen 158

Part III Politics, policies and legal frames across the world 169

11 Sexual citizenship, disability policy and facilitated sex in Sweden Julia Bahner 171

12 Sexual health and disability in Zimbabwe Tafadzwa Rugoho France Maphosa 185

13 "Tick the straight box": Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT+) people with intellectual disabilities in the UK David Abbott 197

14 Sexuality and sexual rights of young adults with intellectual disability in Central Java, Indonesia Dian Ramawati Pamela Block 208

15 Advance consent and network consent Alexander A. Boni-Saenz 222

Part IV Representation, performance and media 233

16 Missing in action: Desire, dwarfism and getting it on/off/up-a critique and extension of disability aesthetics Debra Keenahan 235

17 Sex, love and disability on screen Courtney Andree 249

18 Dynamics of disability and sexuality: Some African literary representations Omolola A. Ladele 262

19 Flaunting towards otherwise: Queercrip porn, access intimacy and leaving evidence Loree Erickson 275

20 Desexualising disabled people in the news media Gerard Goggin Helen Meekosha 290

Part V Sexual narratives and (inter)personal perspectives 305

21 Understanding the lived experiences of transgender youth with disabilities Angela K. Ingram 307

22 Flowing desires underneath the chastity belt: Sexual re-exploration journeys of women with changed bodies Inge G. E. Blockmans Elisabeth De Schauwer Geert Van Hove Paul Enzlin 325

23 (Il)licit sex among PWDs in Trinidad and Tobago: Sexual negotiation or compromise? Sylette Henry-Buckmire 341

24 Reimagining sexuality in the disabihty discourse in South Asia Anita Ghai 352

25 Disability and asexuality? Karen Cuthbert 366

26 Through a personal lens: A participatory action research project challenging myths of physical disability and sexuality in South Africa Poul Rohleder Xanthe Hunt Mussa Chiwaula Leslie Swartz Stine Hellum Braathen Mark T. Carew 378

27 "That's my story" transforming sexuality education by, for and with people with intellectual disabilities Amie O'Shea Patsie Frawley 391

Part VI Accommodation, support and sexual well-being 403

28 Sexual wellness for older adults with a disability: A life course perspective Maggie Syme Stacy Reger Christina Pierpaoli Parker Sally J. Hodges 405

29 Toward sexual autonomy and well-being for persons with upper limb mobility limitations:The role of masturbation and sex toys Ernesto Morales Geoffrey Edwards Véronique Gauthier Frédérique Courtois Alicia Lamontagne Antoine Guérette 418

30 Paid sexual services for people with disability: Exploring the range of modalities offered throughout the world Rachel Wotton 433

31 Promoting sexual well-being for women with disabilities through family-centred integrated behavioural healthcare Colleen Clemency Cordes Christine Borst 450

32 Occupational therapy's role empowering sexuality for individuals with disability Kathryn Ellis Dikaios Sakellariou 463

33 Disability and social work: Partnerships to promote sexual well-being Sally Lee 474

34 Intersections of disability, sexuality, and spirituality within psychological treatment of people with disabilities Sarah S. Brindle Samantha Sharp 488

Index 503

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