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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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Sexual Ableism Exposed

Sexual Ableism Exposed

(p.1) Introduction Sexual Ableism Exposed
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Michael Gill

University of Minnesota Press

The introduction provides examples of persons with disabilities and their respective sexual encounters. The issues discussed should provoke discussion about what we think about intellectual disability, what it means to be sexual, and how all types of individuals can express their sexuality without fear of reprisal and oversight. This work addresses intellectual disability and sexuality, but also attends to larger issues around sexuality for all individuals, regardless of intellectual ability or diagnosis. Sexual ableism as a theory articulates how different types of bodies, regardless of labels of intellectual disability, experience oversight and regulation of sexual and reproductive behaviors.

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

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