This textbook brings together a wide range of expert voices from the field of disability studies and the disabled people's movement to tackle the essential topics relevant to this area of study. From the outset disability is discussed from a social model perspective, demonstrating how future practice and discourse could break down barriers and lead to more equal relationships for disabled people in everyday life.
An interdisciplinary and broad-ranging text, the book includes 50 chapters on topics relevant across health and social care. Reflective questions and suggestions for further reading throughout will help readers gain a critical appreciation of the subject and expand their knowledge.
This will be valuable reading for students and professionals across disability studies, health, nursing, social work, social care, social policy and sociology.
Chapter 43: Sexuality
The issue of sexuality within disability circles – whether academic or activist – has not historically been at the forefront of the agenda. Put simply, sexuality was considered an area undeserving of disabled people's intellectual and campaigning energy because it did not appear to be one where substantive advances in law or policy could be achieved. Given the dominance of the social model of disability, in the UK in particular, questions of the body, of affect and of desire seemed too nebulous for broadly rights-based approaches. Recently, however, priorities have changed and disabled people are now producing both demands for changed policy and a range of cutting-edge theorisations rethinking the meaning of ‘sexuality’ in the context of disability.
For many people, the term simply suggests a ...