Sex and Disability

Sex and Disability

By: Robert McRuer (editor), Anna Mollow (editor)Paperback

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The title of this collection of essays, Sex and Disability, unites two terms that the popular imagination often regards as incongruous. The major texts in sexuality studies, including queer theory, rarely mention disability, and foundational texts in disability studies do not discuss sex in much detail. What if "sex" and "disability" were understood as intimately related concepts? And what if disabled people were seen as both subjects and objects of a range of erotic desires and practices? These are among the questions that this collection's contributors engage. From multiple perspectives-including literary analysis, ethnography, and autobiography-they consider how sex and disability come together and how disabled people negotiate sex and sexual identities in ableist and heteronormative culture. Queering disability studies, while also expanding the purview of queer and sexuality studies, these essays shake up notions about who and what is sexy and sexualizable, what counts as sex, and what desire is. At the same time, they challenge conceptions of disability in the dominant culture, queer studies, and disability studies. Contributors. Chris Bell, Michael Davidson, Lennard J. Davis, Michel Desjardins, Lezlie Frye, Rachael Groner, Kristen Harmon, Michelle Jarman, Alison Kafer, Riva Lehrer, Nicole Markotic, Robert McRuer, Anna Mollow, Rachel O'Connell, Russell Shuttleworth, David Serlin, Tobin Siebers, Abby L. Wilkerson

About Author

Robert McRuer is Professor of English at the George Washington University. He is the author of Crip Theory: Cultural Signs of Queerness and Disability and The Queer Renaissance: Contemporary American Literature and the Reinvention of Lesbian and Gay Identities. Anna Mollow is a PhD candidate in English at the University of California, Berkeley.


Acknowledgments ix Introduction / Anna Mollow and Robert McRuer 1 Part I: Access 1 1. A Sexual Culture for Disabled People / Tobin Siebers 37 2. Bridging Theory and Experience: A Critical-Interpretive Ethnography of Sexuality and Disability / Russell Shuttleworth 54 3. The Sexualized Body of the Child: Parents and the Politics of "Voluntary" Sterilization of People Labeled Intellectually Disabled / Michel Desjardins 69 Part II: Histories 4. Dismembering the Lynch Mob: Intersecting Narratives of Disability, Race, and Sexual Menace / Michelle Jarman 89 5. "That Cruel Spectacle": The Extraordinary Body Eroticized in Lucas Malet's The History of Sir Richard Calmady / Rachel O'Connell 108 6. Pregnant Men: Modernism, Disability, and Biofuturity / Michael Davidson 123 7. Touching Histories: Personality, Disability, and Sex in the 1930s / David Serlin 145 Part III: Spaces 8. Leading with Your Head: On the Borders of Disability, Sexuality, and the Nation / Nicole Markotic and Robert McRuer 165 9. Normate Sex and Its Discontents / Abby L. Wilkerson 183 10. I'm Not the Man I Used to Be: Sex, HIV, and Cultural "Responsibility" / Chris Bell 208 Part IV: Lives 11. Golem Girl Gets Lucky / Riva Lehrer 231 12. Fingered / Lezlie Frye 256 13. Sex as "Spock": Autism, Sexuality, and Autobiographical Narrative / Rachel Groner 263 Part V: Desires 14. Is Sex Disability?: Queer Theory and the Disability Drive / Anna Mollow 285 15. An Excess of Sex: Sex Addiction as Disability / Lennard J. Davis 313 16. Desire and Disgust: My Ambivalent Adventures in Divoteeism / Alison Kafer 331 17. Hearing Aid Lovers, Pretenders, and Deaf Wannabees: The Fetishizing of Hearing / Kristen Harmon 355 Works Cited 373 Contributors 393 Index 399

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  • ISBN13: 9780822351542
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 432
  • ID: 9780822351542
  • ISBN10: 0822351544

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