Sexuality and Disability

, Volume 17, Issue 1, pp 37–52 | Cite as

Letting Go of Restrictive Notions of Manhood: Male Sexuality, Disability and Chronic Illness

  • Mitchell S. Tepper


In this article I share my personal story and professional perspectives on the impact of disability on male sexuality. Because disability is experienced in the context of gender, I have integrated literature on concepts of male socialization and learning about sex. I explore how acquiring a disability may affect sexuality and create treatment concerns. Finally, I make treatment suggestions for working with men with disability or chronic illness.

male sexuality disability chronic illness 


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© Human Sciences Press, Inc. 1999

Authors and Affiliations

  • Mitchell S. Tepper
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  1. 1.Managing Member, The Sexual Health Network, LLCShelton

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