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Already doing it : intellectual disability and sexual agency by Michael Gill

By Michael Gill

Why is the sexuality of individuals with highbrow disabilities usually deemed “risky” or “inappropriate” by way of academics, mom and dad, aid employees, doctors, judges, and the media? should still sexual citizenship rely on IQ? Confronting such questions head-on, Already Doing It exposes the “sexual ableism” that denies the truth of people who, regardless of the constraints they face, actively make judgements approximately their sexual lives.

Tracing the historical past of efforts within the usa to restrict the sexual freedoms of such persons⎯using tools resembling pressured sterilization, invasive contraception, and gender-segregated dwelling arrangements—Michael Gill demonstrates that those frequent practices stemmed from dominant perspectives of disabled sexuality, now not least the inspiration that intellectually disabled girls are excessively sexual and fertile whereas their male opposite numbers are sexually predatory. studying felony discourses, intercourse schooling fabrics, and information tales going again to the Nineteen Seventies, he exhibits, for instance, that the serious specialise in “stranger possibility” in intercourse schooling for intellectually disabled members disregards their skill to independently select actions and sexual partners—including nonheterosexual ones, who're usually handled with heightened suspicion. He additionally examines moral concerns surrounding masturbation education that goals to manage members’ sexual lives, demanding situations the belief that these whose sexuality is managed (or rejected) are not reproduce, and proposes reputation of the appropriate to turn into mom and dad for adults with highbrow disabilities.

A powerfully argued demand sexual and reproductive justice for individuals with highbrow disabilities, Already Doing It urges a shift clear of the compulsion to control “deviance” (better identified at the present time as damage aid) as the correct to excitement and highbrow incapacity aren't together specific. In so doing, it represents a necessary new contribution to the continuing debate over who, within the usa, may be allowed to have intercourse, reproduce, marry, and lift children.

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Although some staff members complain that “these people” should not be taught about sex, the classes continue. Can Tony and Grace become parents? If they want to have children, will they retain custody? Or will the state take their children away? Sara is sixty-­five and living in a nursing home. Although she has siblings, they live out-­of-­state and would rather their sister be looked after by those who are better trained to meet her needs. At night a male nurse enters Sara’s room and sexually molests her.

22 Introduction Finally, Jose is eighteen and beginning to take a sexual interest in his peers. Although his parents gave him the “birds and the bees” discussion, Jose still feels unsure about sexuality and is questioning his sexual identity. He thinks he might be gay, but something about this label makes him feel ashamed and embarrassed. Jose wants to explore his sexual inclinations but is unsure how he can do so without fearing reprisal or public identification of his sexual identity. Jose decides to obtain a gay pornographic magazine from the adult bookstore down the street from his house.

Social media sites such as Facebook allow users to publicly display their sexual identity for other users to see, albeit using a medium that allows for self-­fashioned identities. Within the United States, sexual behaviors and their purposes are all subject to public inquiry, particularly on the Internet. 35 Individuals with intellectual disabilities might not be given access to technologies such as the Internet, which can facilitate exposure to these representations of sexuality. A lack of financial resources, as well as the structure of a group home, might result in limited exposure to 14 Introduction television and films that represent sexuality.

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