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Disabled Sexuality: Toward Rights and Recognition


Looking back at the development of disability sexuality studies, there is a need for a social model of disabled sexuality. However, this should be sensitive to difference, including the impact of impairment. Disability sexuality studies necessarily challenge notions of sexual normality. There is a danger in overstating the importance of sex, as opposed to friendship and intimacy. Honneth's work on relations of recognition may offer a way to conceptualise sexuality issues within the disability rights agenda.

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Shakespeare, T. Disabled Sexuality: Toward Rights and Recognition. Sexuality and Disability 18, 159–166 (2000).

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  • public/private distinction
  • social model
  • normality
  • civil rights
  • recognition