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juniper_j @ 07:00 pm: Hello all,

I am doing my MA in Disability Studies. I am just about to embark on my major paper, so I need to start looking for some references.

I am doing my paper on something related to kink and disability. I haven't solidified my proposal yet, but I want to do a couple of things:
1)Look at how so called "sex positive" spaces, like Kink/BDSM communities are or are not accessible to folks with all types of impairments and disabilities
2)Look at the subversive power of BDSM/Kink, either metaphorically or literally to work through trauma and oppressive norms (ie I am really interested to look at subverting power dynamics, to play on the idea of "weak" PWD are and how this can be reclaimed through scenes and BDSM rituals
3)How Kink/BDSM work can be combined with the power of narrative research, using an emancipatory framework

This is a basic idea of what I am thinking of right now. I'd really like engage in dialogue, and please if you could, share any of your references. I haven't come across anything written that is attentive to both kink and folks with disabilities, so at this point, I'm open to any type of sources.


(will cross post.. not sure where as of yet...)


Date:April 14th, 2006 06:16 am (UTC)



are the only sources I have, neither particularly academic.

Something that I've been meaning to write an article on (but for what market?) is how "kinky" and other "alternative" sex may be the best or even only kind of sexual activity that works for disabled folks. Some people need Viagra; others need the extra stimulation of toys. Where's the line between kink and medical need? (It's got to be further left than my insurance would cover.)

And then there's all the medical toys that work for kink. I know kinksters who are very jealous that I may be able to buy a TENS unit on prescription and write it off as a medical expense rather than a sex toy. I've seen the *exact same* set of angled cushions sold in kinky sex stores and in Arthritis Magazine - the only difference was that hte sex store also offered Velcro-on bondage straps as an add-on to the ramps. I can excuse all sorts of scary things lying by my bed these days as "for medical use".

And then thee was that big revelation I had last year: "Hey! I could use this massager thing on parts of me besides my crotch! Duh!"
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Date:April 14th, 2006 01:16 pm (UTC)
Yes.. so called alternative sex is how some folks *can* get it on. And it's a beautiful way to play around with norms, bodies and roles.

I'd be up for co writing something.. what type of writing do you do?

Thanks for the sources. I actually live not too far from Come As You Are, oe of the owners is really dis positive.
Date:April 14th, 2006 08:46 pm (UTC)
I am hoping to publish a novel soon, but I used to write for the bisexual magazine Anything That Moves. I haven't kept up with the article market, but if I did write it, I was thinking of submitting it to Mouth or some good disability Web sites. Feel free to run with it yourself!
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Date:April 15th, 2006 11:28 pm (UTC)
I'm very interested in discussing this further. I'm at my folks' place for Passover, and even when I get back home, I'll be without a computer until my computer is fixed, but once that's all set, I'd love to get into this further.

I have resources at home. I'll dig them up when I get back. You might want to remind me on Wednesday.
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Date:April 16th, 2006 01:12 am (UTC)
no rush.... hope you have a good passover.

we can chat next week. :)
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