You are viewing a previously offered course. View our course catalog for currently offered courses. Skip to main content. Sexy Spoonies and Crip Sex: Intersections of Sexuality and Disability Summary Over a quarter of adults identify as having a disability, impairment, or chronic illness, and many others will experience this short term, or as they age. While society often perpetuates the ableist idea that disabled individuals and people with impairments are simply not sexual, nothing could be further from reality.
Sexy Spoonies and Crip Sex: Intersections of Sexuality and Disability
Sex tips from a sexy ‘crip’
Sex and Disability. Robert McRuer and Anna Mollow. The seventeen chapters of personal narrative, literary analysis, qualitative study, historical research, and cultural reflection that comprise this groundbreaking anthology explore that potential in compelling and often surprising ways. It seems more than a happy coincidence that in the same year as this notable book's appearance, the larger culture also began an unprecedented conversation about sex and disability sparked by the wide release and critical success of the movie The Sessions , based on poet Mark O'Brien's essay "On Seeing a Sex Surrogate. Much has been written and said about The Sessions already, ranging from appreciation of its largely accurate portrayal of O'Brien's life and sexuality, to discomfort with its advocacy of sex surrogacy for disabled people, to the usual laurels cast on nondisabled actor John Hawkes's portrayal of a "severely" disabled character for which he ironically received a standing ovation at the Sundance Film Festival. In this review, I explore some of the ways in which The Sessions and Sex and Disability shed light on the question of how disability transforms sex, or vice versa. In his chapter, "Sexual Culture for Disabled People," Tobin Siebers suggests that the emerging sexual identities of disabled people "represent disability not as a defect that needs to be overcome to have sex but as a complex embodiment that enhances sexual activities and pleasure"
Sex tips from a sexy ‘crip’
Since watching the Desirability series on BBC3 the topic of disability and sexuality has been foremost in my mind. I feel the main reason why so many of the programs on this topic seem to miss the mark in my opinion is because they tend to be made from the angle of those who have problems with body image and not body function. I myself had to go through this process twice in my life. The first time took me a good few years.
Telling it like it is, Mik Scarlet talks sex — how to enjoy it more, his tips and tricks, and why disabled people can make fantastic lovers. Most able-bodied people think that having a disability equals an end to sexiness, and in a way it is. When I found myself facing a life in a wheelchair after my spine collapsed when I was 16, I could not see how I was going to form sexual relationships.