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Sex and Disability Conference

By October 26, 2009

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Petra Boynton, who has a shiny new look to her blog, recently posted about what sounds like a great one day conference on sex and disability for health care professionals put on by the Royal Society of Medicine and the Sexual Health and Disability Alliance, called Disability: Sex, relationships and pleasure. It may not seem like a big deal, but just the fact that they got the word pleasure in the title of a conference that's being sponsored by a medical association is, in fact, a big deal. It looks like a good mix of people who are providing services and folks living with disabilities talking about their experiences around sex.

It's not the same thing as being in a room full of people screwing with everything you know about sex, gender, and bodies, but if you don't live near London and are looking for a little virtual inspiration, here are some of the sites I'm following these days covering disability, gender, sex, bodies, and more:

SexAbility Blog
This group blog describes itself as "a blog dedicated to the issues of Sexuality and Disability and...anything in the least bit related to it, political and personal and the personal that is political! Rants, musings, ramblings, braggings, articles, a hodgepodge of things, with a Queer' slant."

The Deal with Disability
This is a new project from a blogger with a long-standing commitment to talking about sex and disability, and it's awesome. Eva writes (and shoots video) about everyday interactions and negotiations she has both with non-disabled folks and people living with disabilities. The videos are angering and funny and ridiculous and all sorts of other things, but above all they are rich with meaning about how we humans interact with each other and how much of that interaction often goes without comment. Here's the place to comment on it. I find the tone of the blog to be an accessible balance of pissed off and good will. Everyone's invited to this conversation, as long as you're willing to learn something.

Sins Invalid
See this recent interview I did with Sins Invalid artistic director Patricia Berne. You missed the 2009 show, but there's plenty of stuff on their website to keep you enthralled.

FWD/Forward
(feminists with disabilities) for a way forward

I first came across this site in the strangest of ways, but was so happy I did. In their mandate they only single out sexuality in terms of writing about the disparities in sexual abuse targeted at women with disabilities, but they've already got one great primer post about sexual pleasure and disability, and it's hard to imagine a group of writers engaging disability and feminism not turning their considerably talents toward sexuality. One of the things I love most about the site is how well integrated the individual bloggers other work is, so you can easily go from an article about sexuality to a critique of Glee to a discussion of how difficult it is to build a website that's accessible for a really broad range of users. It's a brand new site but I still managed to get sucked in for the past hour, and then pulled myself away only because I had to get some work done.

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