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Impairment, socialization and embodiment: The sexual oppression of people with physical disabilities

Impairment, socialization and embodiment: The sexual oppression of people with physical disabilities

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People with disabilities face multiple forms of social exclusion, discrimination, and oppression, including in the domain of sex and sexuality. From a critical psychoanalytic viewpoint, social responses to persons with impairments are strongly unconsciously mediated, and often dominated by projections based on archaic anxieties about dependency, vulnerability, and shame. Where disability meets sexuality, these defenses may be more prominent still, resulting, for one example, in the prejudiced myth that people with disabilities are disinterested in, or not capable of, sex. Using this theoretical stance, this paper examines how the developmental role of family and societal influences on the social constructions of sexuality and disability are internalized, resisted, and negotiated by two South Africans with physical disabilities. Data are drawn from interview material elicited via photovoice methodology. The interview narratives and photographic images are used to explore how sexual oppression may be internalized, creating intra-psychic barriers to inclusion for this already structurally disadvantaged group.
Språk
Engelsk
Forfatter(e)
Institusjon(er)
  • University of Essex
  • University of Cape Town
  • SINTEF Digital / Helse
  • Universiteit van Stellenbosch / University of Stellenbosch
År
2019
Publisert i
Psychoanalysis, Culture & Society
ISSN
1088-0763
Årgang
24
Hefte nr.
3
Side(r)
260 - 281