Sexuality and Disability

, Volume 18, Issue 4, pp 263–282 | Cite as

The Search for Sexual Intimacy for Men with Cerebral Palsy

  • Russell P. Shuttleworth


Exploring accounts of the search for sexual intimacy for 14 men with cerebral palsy revealed a range of issues and impediments and a complex intersubjective process in their search for a lover. Yet, despite an adverse sociocultural context of disability and desirability, most of the men had experienced long-term sexual relationships. The cultivation of several aspects of self and society was noted as facilitating the possibility of their establishing sexual intimacy with others.

sexuality cerebral palsy disability studies existential-phenomenology 


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  • Russell P. Shuttleworth
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  1. 1.Department of Anthropology, History and Social MedicineUniversity of CaliforniaSan Francisco

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