Disability, Deleuze and Sex

Daniel Goodley and Rebecca Lawthom

in Deleuze and Sex

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print July 2011 | ISBN: 9780748642618
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748671755 | DOI:
Disability, Deleuze and Sex

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This chapter shows how experiences of disability, exactly by failing to conform to ideas of ‘normal’ sexual behaviour, work to problematise the social and familial construction of sexuality. In this way, the disabled body functions both to demonstrate the productivity of desire at the same time as an awareness of this productivity releases us from judging sexuality in terms of normalcy. There is thus a productive double bind between Deleuze and sex and disability studies. While explorations of disabled bodies can function to illustrate Deleuzian conceptions of desire and the BwO, these same Deleuzian conceptions can help provide ways of dissolving ableist delimitations of disability and sexuality.

Keywords: Disability; Normalcy; Ablism; Body

Chapter.  6793 words. 

Subjects: Social and Political Philosophy

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