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Already Doing It: Intellectual Disability and Sexual Agency

Michael Gill

Abstract

Tracing the history of efforts in the United States to limit the sexual freedoms of such persons, using methods such as forced sterilization, invasive birth control, and gender-segregated living arrangements, Michael Gill demonstrates that these widespread practices stemmed from dominant views of disabled sexuality, not least the notion that intellectually disabled women are excessively sexual and fertile while their male counterparts are sexually predatory. Analyzing legal discourses, sex education materials, and news stories going back to the 1970s, Gill shows, for example, that the intense ... More

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

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780816682973
Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: January 2016 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816682973.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Gill, author