Asexuality in disability narratives

  title={Asexuality in disability narratives},
  author={Eunjung Kim},
  pages={479 - 493}
  • Eunjung Kim
  • Published 1 August 2011
  • Psychology
  • Sexualities
This essay explores normative regulations of disabled people’s sexuality and its relationship with asexuality through narratives of disabled individuals. While asexuality has been persistently criticized as a damaging myth imposed on disabled people, individuals with disabilities who do not identify as sexual highlight the inseparable intersection between normality and sexuality. Disabled and asexual identity and its narratives reveal that asexuality is an embodiment neither to be eliminated… 
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