Loneliness and its opposite : sex, disability, and the ethics of engagement / Don Kulick and Jens Rydström.Material type: TextPublisher: Durham and London: Duke University Press, 2015Description: xiii, 362 pages ; 24 cmISBN: 9780822358336 (pbk. : alk. paper); 9780822358213 (hardcover : alk. paper); 9780822375845 (ebook)Subject(s): People with disabilities -- Sexual behavior -- Denmark | People with disabilities -- Sexual behavior -- Sweden | Sex -- Anthropological aspectsDDC classification: 305.9/08 LOC classification: HQ30.5 | .K85 2015
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 325-343) and index.
The subject of sex -- The roots of engagement -- How to impede and how to facilitate the erotic lives of people with disabilities -- Shifting boundaries -- Paying for sexual services -- Why the difference? -- Disability and sexuality? Who cares?
Few people these days would oppose making the public realm of space, social services and jobs accessible to women and men with disabilities. But what about access to the private realm of desire and sexuality? How can one also facilitate access to that, in ways that respect the integrity of disabled adults, and also of those people who work with and care for them? Loneliness and Its Opposite documents how two countries generally imagined to be progressive engage with these questions in very different ways. Denmark and Sweden are both liberal welfare states, but they diverge dramatically when it comes to sexuality and disability. In Denmark, the erotic lives of people with disabilities are acknowledged and facilitated. In Sweden, they are denied and blocked. Why do these differences exist, and how do both facilitation and hindrance play out in practice? Loneliness and Its Opposite charts complex boundaries between private and public, love and sex, work and intimacy, and affection and abuse. It shows how providing disabled adults with access to sexual lives is not just crucial for a life with dignity. It is an issue of fundamental social justice with far reaching consequences for everyone.