Quell’oscuro (s)oggetto di desiderio. Normatività di genere e sessualità nell’esperienza di persone con disabilità

Chiara Paglialonga


Asexual, neutral gendered, eternal child, angel, obsessive: the sexuality of people with disability is still considered in terms of deviance from normalcy. The processes of desexualisation act on disabled bodies in a plurality of ways that are strictly involved with the normativity attending the construction of masculinity and femininity. Meanings, concepts and actions related to the expression of an intimate and sexual life – as desire and pleasure – will be discussed through the narrativities of Italian men with physical impairment and health care professionals. In this frame, disability appears as an opportunity to rethink sex, bodies and the relations among them, calling into question the dichotomic relationship between sexuality and disability.

Keywords: sexuality, disability, gender normativity, desexualisation, pleasure.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.15167/2279-5057/AG2020.9.18.1222


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