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Disability and the male sex right

Jeffreys, Sheila,

Academic Literature

2008

Access to prostituted women is increasingly justified by disability charities and services on the grounds of the sexual rights of the disabled. In Australia, for example, disabled men form a niche market for the legalised prostitution industry. Male sexuality is constructed out of male dominance and is likely to manifest the eroticisation of hierarchy and the idea that males should have the sexual right to access the female body. This model of sexuality poses problems for all women in the form of sexual harassment and violence, pornography and prostitution. It poses particular problems for women with disabilities who are more vulnerable to sexual assault and harassment from carers and disability fetishists. The sexual rights idea does not generally take gender into account. This article seeks to disaggregate the notion of sexual rights according to gender.

Publication information

Journal/Publication : Women's Studies International Forum

Location : Australasia

Domain/s: Social relationships

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