Sex and disability

New book on the topic

Adam Lawrence, Chair of the HSP Support Group (UK), writes on his HSP blog:

From the annual survey, it was clear that a few people were having less sex than they used to. One person indicated that they miss sex quite a lot, and another reported having hardly any since their HSP diagnosis. A comment was made by one that their partner no longer desires them.

I also note that the topic of sex and disability doesn’t feature much in the media, and so I bought a copy of the book: A Quick and Easy Guide to Sex and Disability, by A Andrews. I wanted to understand more, and as usual, share this understanding with you readers!

In the first few pages you find out that the author is a paraplegic cartoonist, who has sex! They write the book with the aim of ditching the question “how can disabled bodies have sex” and replace it with “how can disabled folk have more enjoyable sex”. They note that society does not really discuss sex and disability, and present three myths: ‘disabled people aren’t attractive’, ‘disabled people don’t care about things like sex’, and ‘disabled people can’t perform sex’, identifying that the things people say can impact on wellbeing.

They start by covering communication – firstly communicating with yourself, and then goes on to give ideas about how you may want to try communicating, noting that this can be hard to do. The remainder of the book goes into some of the more practical points which can occur when having sex with a disability. The conclusion is that sex is whatever you want it to be, and the possibilities are endless.

I like the information presented here, and it is presented in a very friendly, matter-of-fact way, allowing you to see many perspectives and help you form your own view. The cartoons in the book present a wide range of disabilities, and also a wide range of people – capturing the diversity of the human race in a very nice way!

Read more…

SOURCE: A journey to HSP/FSP, 31 March, Bristol, UK 

A quick and easy guide to sex and disability

Adam Lawrence

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