Sexuality and Disability

My Story

Getting Comfortable

'I felt and said in my moments of utter despair that life was a bitch and kept wishing I had died instead of living in as a "cripple" - completely dependent on others and without any movement except a feeble one in the biceps of my arms, neck and head. However my friends kept assuring me that my mind was sharp and urged me to refrain from expressing such dark thoughts and to think ahead of the future. A part of me accepted this - knowing that my mind had remained razor sharp, despite my "mangled" body, and it was slightly comforting to think that I'd be able to continue to move around in [my] mind - despite

Learning About Napkins

'In standard four [in my school in Thailand] we were given special education, where they put girls and guys separately. They told us about menstrual cycles, sexual relations, intercourse, etc. They really taught us everything in detail. Perhaps because it was a blind school, they even taught us how to put a sanitary napkin and made sure that we could do it precisely. But some blind girls don't even know what a sanitary napkin is. Because they're visually impaired, no one must have shown it to them. Other kids watch it on TV or in ads, but that's not possible for us.

Questions

Question1 I don't look like everyone else, and my body works differently. Am I normal?
Despite what you may have been told or shown, difference is completely natural - bodies come in varying shapes and sizes, and no two people look, feel, smell, taste or sound exactly alike. Read more on I don't look like everyone else, and my body works differently. Am I normal

Question2 Isn't good sex just supposed to 'happen'? I feel like talking about it may kill the mood.
Many of us have grown up believing that sex is something that is best not talked about. External Website that opens in new window This can make sharing intimate details about desires, sexual thoughts and feelings difficult. Read more on Isn't good sex just supposed to 'happen'?

Question3 Is my child more prone to abuse than non-disabled children?
Child sexual abuse has been called India's worst-kept secret.A national survey in 2007 across 13 states showed that more than half Read more on Is my child more prone to abuse than non-disabled children?