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The Amputee Body Desired: Beauty Destabilized? Disability Re-valued?

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To certain men seeking sexual and romantic relationships, women with amputations hold a strong attraction. Dedicated to this fascination are a number of English language web-sites as well as gatherings for amputation devotees to meet in person. This phenomenon stirs debate among disability activists. Some women with amputation find the devotees disgusting fetishists, while others feel that their bodies are valued in a manner they welcome. The article discusses both the aims of male devotees and the reactions they gather from females with amputation. Regarding disability, the debate on the devotee issue is located in a nexus between seeing disability as a defect that should be eradicated, or as a trait that holds potential for the celebration of difference. As for beauty, the devotees adhere to standard conceptions of attractiveness in all other matters outside of amputations. This makes their contribution to the evaluation of beauty standards limited, but significant.

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Solvang, P. The Amputee Body Desired: Beauty Destabilized? Disability Re-valued?. Sex Disabil 25, 51 (2007). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11195-007-9036-x

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Keywords

  • Female amputees
  • Amputation
  • Sexual desire
  • Devotees
  • Beauty
  • Disability