Freak Pornography and the Cultural Politics of Disabled Sexuality

  • Jessica L. Williams


This chapter bridges the gap between the discussions of “safe” freak sexuality in Push Girls and Murderball in Chap.  4, and the deliberations about the dissemination of the freak show in Chap.  6 by examining explicit depictions of disabled sexuality via disability pornography and the documentary Sick: The Life and Death of Bob Flanagan Supermasochist. The chapter finds that the lack of mediation in amateur pornography brings the viewer closer to the freakish body than ever before and that because the viewer is still watching from their computers, tablets, or phones, the spatial and temporal separation that is consistent in the new American freak show is present and accounted for.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of EnglishSUNY College at Old WestburyWestburyUSA

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