Already Doing It: Intellectual Disability and Sexual Agency by Michael Gill

By Michael Gill

Why is the sexuality of individuals with highbrow disabilities usually deemed “risky” or “inappropriate” by means of lecturers, mom and dad, help employees, doctors, judges, and the media? should still sexual citizenship depend upon IQ? Confronting such questions head-on, Already Doing It exposes the “sexual ableism” that denies the truth of people who, regardless of the limitations they face, actively make judgements approximately their sexual lives.

Tracing the heritage of efforts within the usa to restrict the sexual freedoms of such persons⎯using equipment resembling pressured sterilization, invasive contraception, and gender-segregated residing arrangements—Michael Gill demonstrates that those frequent practices stemmed from dominant perspectives of disabled sexuality, now not least the proposal that intellectually disabled girls are excessively sexual and fertile whereas their male opposite numbers are sexually predatory. interpreting criminal discourses, intercourse schooling fabrics, and information tales going again to the Nineteen Seventies, he exhibits, for instance, that the serious specialize in “stranger danger” in intercourse schooling for intellectually disabled participants disregards their skill to independently select actions and sexual partners—including nonheterosexual ones, who're usually handled with heightened suspicion. He additionally examines moral matters surrounding masturbation education that goals to control individuals’ sexual lives, demanding situations the notion that these whose sexuality is managed (or rejected) are not reproduce, and proposes popularity of the fitting to turn into mom and dad for adults with highbrow disabilities.

A powerfully argued demand sexual and reproductive justice for individuals with highbrow disabilities, Already Doing It urges a shift clear of the compulsion to regulate “deviance” (better identified this day as damage relief) as the correct to excitement and highbrow incapacity are usually not collectively specific. In so doing, it represents an essential new contribution to the continued debate over who, within the usa, will be allowed to have intercourse, reproduce, marry, and lift little ones.

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She is the youngest of five siblings and recently graduated from a Chicago public school. Susan wanted to attend college, but her parents decided that she should try to get a job and live in a group home in the community. At the group home, Susan shares a room with June, another young woman with an intellectual disability. Shortly after moving in, June and Susan started a sexual relationship. One night while they were engaged in sexual activity, a staff member entered the room without knocking.

37 The implication is that if someone who experiences abuse and assault is also sexually active or has multiple sexual partners, then the actual experience of abuse is mitigated. The sexual history of many women who are raped is used as a defense by the predators and their legal teams, despite rape shield laws. 39 The defense team argued that Questions of Consent 31 her sexuality and gender were inseparably affirmed through the experience of sexual abuse. Consistently lost and ignored in this equation are McArthur’s thoughts about the experience.

At night a male nurse enters Sara’s room and sexually molests her. The assault is a nightly occurrence. Even though Sara, who is largely nonverbal, tries to communicate with the staff members at the nursing home, nobody listens to her. No one takes the time to understand Sara’s concerns. With no one to listen to her and her family not in the picture, what will happen to Sara? Will the assault continue? How can the nurse committing the assault be caught? And when he is caught, what is the most effective response that demands justice but does not pity Sara?

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