Before: "I kind of floated through my sex life prior to
disability. I had relationships; I had sex; I had crushes; I
loved...sexual possibility seemed limitless. And then came
After: "I'm here. I'm disabled. And I do it. Yes, I do. Even in this body that you cannot imagine anyone [doing it with] and loving."
Wheelchair Dancer, http://cripwheels.blogspot.in/
Welcome to www.sexualityanddisability.org, a website that
starts with the premise that women who are disabled are sexual
beings - just like any other woman.
sexualityanddisability.org is constructed as a bunch of questions a woman with a disability might have - about her body, about the mechanics and dynamics of having sex, about the complexities of being in an intimate relationship or having children, about unvoiced fears or experiences of encountering abuse in some form.
sexualityanddisability.org discusses a wide range of topics related to sexuality without shying away from them - parts of it are explicit. People have different views of what is and isn't appropriate and we've included them all.
sexualityanddisability.org is accessible to people with disabilities; special features have been included to ensure this.
sexualityanddisability.org has been created with the active support of women with disabilities, disability rights activists, counselling professionals, and organizations working on disability. More and more women with disabilities are reclaiming their sexual selves, speaking out through blogs , films , books , performances , websites and offline activism.
sexualityanddisability.org is brought to you by (CREA ) and Point of View . Based in Delhi and New York, CREA is a feminist human rights organisation that promotes, protects and advances the sexual rights of all people; as part of its programs, it runs an online course on disability, gender and sexuality. Based in Mumbai, Point of View is a non-profit platform that brings the points of view of women into mutliple domains through media, art and culture.
sexualityanddisability.org aims to provide women with disabilities and related constellations - partners, families, health workers, counsellors, organisations - a platform to explore this further.
Click on these drop-down menus - Body, Having Sex, Relationships, Having Children, Violence - to get more information on each. If you are a parent, partner, doctor or organisation, check out the tabs at the bottom of the site for information that is of most relevance to you - or look for further resources here. We look forward to hearing from you at Have Your Say.
We would like to thank all those who helped, guided and encouraged us - we couldn't have done it without you.
- Ali Yavar Jung National Institute for the Hearing Handicapped (Mumbai)
- Janet Price, disability rights activist (UK)
- Kanchan Pamnani, advocate and solicitor (Mumbai)
- Malini Chib, author and activist, ADAPT Rights Group (Mumbai)
- Prabha Nagaraja, TARSHI (New Delhi)
- Ratnaboli Ray, Anjali Mental Health Rights Organisation (Kolkata)
- Shampa Sengupta, Sruti (Kolkata)
- Smitha S.S, Tejas - Self Advocacy Group for Disabled Women, Vidya Sagar (Chennai)
Content by: Nidhi Garima Goyal, Richa Kaul Padte
Edited by: Bishakha Datta, Manjima Bhattacharjya