Societies View on Sex and Disability
People with physical or intellectual disabilities in our society are often regarded as non-sexual adults. Sex is very much associated with youth and physical attractiveness, and when it is not, is often seen as “unseemly”. If sex and disability are discussed, it is very much in terms of capacity, technique, and fertility – in particular, male capacity and technique and female fertility—with no reference to sexual feelings. This approach ignores other aspects of sexuality, such as touching, affection, and emotions.
If we accept that sexual expression is a natural and important part of human life, then perceptions that deny sexuality for disabled people deny a basic right of expression. The perception of people with disabilities as non-sexual can present a barrier to safe sex education for disabled people in terms of gaining access to information about sex and disability and acceptance as sexual beings. Sex and disability is a key component in human nature and the benefits of a good sexual relationship is a critical part of therapy for the disabled.
Sex and disability is not often a subject of conversation among today’s society but when it is the questions usually is “How can they do that?” Sex and disability is not always about sexual intercourse. Sex and disability can be enjoyed by caressing their partner’s erogenous zone, holding hands, hugging and kissing.
Sex and disability can co-exist. Maybe not in the same way as with able-bodied couples but with a little creativity and help from sexual enhancing products like the IntimateRider, sex and disability can be a healthy and rewarding aspect of life for many.
Sex and disability is important for educators—particularly those involved in educations programs with disability workers or disabled people— to understand community attitudes towards sex and disability and the impact of these views upon disabled people themselves.
Sex and disability is a personal decision for many couples and how one may deal with sex and disability will vary in many different ways. Educating more people about sex and disability may remove the stigma of the physically challenged being non-sexual and create a greater acceptance in society.
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