By Michael Gill
Why is the sexuality of individuals with highbrow disabilities frequently deemed “risky” or “inappropriate” by means 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 background of efforts within the usa to restrict the sexual freedoms of such persons⎯using equipment reminiscent of pressured sterilization, invasive contraception, and gender-segregated residing arrangements—Michael Gill demonstrates that those frequent practices stemmed from dominant perspectives of disabled sexuality, now not least the suggestion that intellectually disabled ladies are excessively sexual and fertile whereas their male opposite numbers are sexually predatory. interpreting felony discourses, intercourse schooling fabrics, and information tales going again to the Seventies, he indicates, for instance, that the serious concentrate on “stranger danger” in intercourse schooling for intellectually disabled contributors disregards their skill to independently select actions and sexual partners—including nonheterosexual ones, who're usually taken care of with heightened suspicion. He additionally examines moral concerns surrounding masturbation education that goals to control individuals’ sexual lives, demanding situations the conception that these whose sexuality is managed (or rejected) aren't reproduce, and proposes acceptance of the fitting 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 should not collectively particular. In so doing, it represents an essential new contribution to the continuing debate over who, within the usa, could be allowed to have intercourse, reproduce, marry, and lift teenagers.
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Additional info for Already Doing It: Intellectual Disability and Sexual Agency
People with disabilities” pays attention to the person before the impairment. As such, I want to explain my use of “people with intellectual disabilities” in this work as opposed to “intellectually disabled people,” not because disability has to be separated from the person but because I respect the commitment of the advocacy movement to the term. The self-advocacy movement, led by people with intellectual disabilities and nondisabled people, has been quite clear on their desire to be referred to in person-first language.
Context and individual will help to challenge sexually ableist blanket assessments of people with intellectual disabilities as in need of oversight, unable to participate in sexual relationships free of abuse and coercion. Susan is a twenty-year-old African American woman with an intellectual disability from the north side of Chicago. She is the youngest of five siblings and recently graduated from a Chicago public school. Susan wanted to attend college, but her parents decided that she should try to get a job and live in a group home in the community.
8 The utility of assessing competency based on intellect is also discussed in order to deepen feminist disability studies analyses of the interplay between categories of gender, disability, race, and sexuality. Finally, this chapter discusses possible ways to theorize sexuality for people with intellectual disabilities, being mindful of (but not restrained by) the high prevalence of sexual abuse and complicated notions of consent. The Case of Kalie McArthur On June 30, 2006, conservative radio and talk show host Glenn Beck introduced a segment on his CNN program the following way: “My faith teaches me that the handicapped are the most valiant among us.
Already Doing It: Intellectual Disability and Sexual Agency by Michael Gill