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Michael Gill

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780816682973

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816682973.001.0001

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Questions of Consent

Questions of Consent

Rethinking Competence and Sexual Abuse

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(p.23) 1 Questions of Consent
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Already Doing It
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Michael Gill

Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816682973.003.0002

The strength of this chapter lies in an examination of pity and competence as thoroughly unhelpful constructs that perceive individuals who experience sexual abuse as deserving of pity and unable to consent to sexual activities. The chapter deconstructs the complicated notions of competence and assessments of competence as denying individuals legal recognition of their capacity for sexual expression.

Keywords:   Disability, Sexuality, Intellectual Disability, Disability Studies, Sexual Ableism, Feminist Disability Studies, Reproductive Justice

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