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Whose sexuality is this anyway? The exclusion of sexuality in personal assistance services for disabled people.

Författare och institution:
Julia Bahner (Institutionen för socialt arbete)
Publicerad i:
DPR Conference, Greenwich, England. 9-11 april 2013.,
Konferensbidrag, övrigt
Sammanfattning (abstract):
Silence is one way of executing power and can lead to as much exclusion as direct oppression. The silence surrounding disabled people’s sexuality has been widely acknowledged, however, it has not had any impact in Swedish disability policy. Personal assistance services is a state funded legal right aiming to promote the possibility to live “like anybody else” in society. However, the life domain of sexuality is not mentioned, making the inclusionary aim of personal assistance services simultaneously exclusionary of the idea of disabled people as sexual beings (like anybody else). This paper draws on results from a qualitative study where interviews were performed with mobility disabled personal assistance users and personal assistants, as well as observations on two online discussion forums aimed at respective group. Results indicate that there is a great taboo around discussing sexuality issues within personal assistance services, with the consequence that personal assistants are not adequately prepared to meet assistance user’s sexuality, creating obstacles for assistance users to express their sexuality in the desired way. At the same time, personal assistants feel excluded from “a normal worklife” if having to deal with sexuality issues. The paper will use an intersectional approach to discuss this exclusion of sexuality as a viable work task in relation to assistance users’ possibilities to live their (sexual) life “like anybody else” on these terms.
Ämne (baseras på Högskoleverkets indelning av forskningsämnen):
Sociologi ->
Socialt arbete ->
Funktionshinder, sexualitet, personlig assistans, exkludering
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2013-08-15 15:44
Posten ändrad:
2013-09-03 15:57

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