Sexuality and Disability

, Volume 31, Issue 4, pp 413–424 | Cite as

“Hip to be Crip?” About Crip Theory, Sexuality and People with Intellectual Disabilities

Original Paper

Abstract

This article examines the value of using Crip Theory by investigating what is considered normal sex life for people with intellectual disabilities in Sweden. By combining Crip Theory with Gagnon and Simon’s sexual scripting theory, it concludes that Crip Theory can be of use for researchers and activists, and also suitable for educating staff members, in that it questions sexual norms that are most often taken for granted. However, due to the fact that research or activism inspired by Crip Theory seldom includes intellectual disabilities, its usefulness is limited, and more work is needed to solve problems surrounding agency, stigma and visibility.

Keywords

Crip theory Script theory Intellectual disability Normalization process Sexuality Sweden 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Center for Profession StudiesMalmö UniversityMalmöSweden

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