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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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Sex Can Wait, Masturbate

Sex Can Wait, Masturbate

The Politics of Masturbation Training

(p.83) 3 Sex Can Wait, Masturbate
Already Doing It

Michael Gill

University of Minnesota Press

I explore a long history of masturbation training in the field of intellectual disability as one of the ways that individuals are taught to be sexual, effectively making expressions of sexuality a solitary act seen to reduce behavioral issues in the group home and institution. I argue in this chapter that the discourse around masturbation reveals the ways in which the sexuality of certain populations continues to be regulated as deviant and dangerous as well as inappropriate to reproduce.

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

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