I wish this wasn’t a conversation we had to have in 2017 but, alas, it is.
Many conferences and talks centering on disability don’t include those of us with disabilities. This is especially true when it comes to sex and intimacy centered spaces.
One of the most difficult parts of being a part of a marginalized group like having a chronic illness/pain condition/disability is that we are so often talked *about* without being included in on these conversations. This violates the basic ‘Nothing about us without us’ mantra that so many activists in the disability/illness/pain realm live by. It also serves to eliminate intersectionality when it comes to our experiences.
One barrier to our involvement in conferences and events is that there isn’t always a lot of press around the work we do; additionally, there isn’t one single place people can go to find us.
My pal Kate McCombs and I are aiming to change that. We are creating a directory of people with disabilities who speak on sex, sexuality, and other intimacy-related topics. You can check out those who have already added their names here. If you’d like to add your name, please fill out our Google Form.
This week, I talk with photographer, writer/author, and general badass: Lene Andersen. As you will hear, she is one of the reasons that Chronic Sex started. She is a wonderful advocate, activist, and pal. Keep in mind that this episode was recorded over the summer of 2016. That said, we mention a contest for SYLK that has since run and ended.
You can find links for Lene below:
- Real RA: It’s Not Just About the Jar
- Masturbating and RA
- The Seated View
- Health Central
- Creaky Joints
We mention the following:
- Come As You Are (sex shop in Toronto)
- Good Clean Love lubes
- Liberator sex furniture
- A page with arthritis-friendly sex positions
Visit us on SoundCloud, iTunes, or your favorite streaming app. While you’re listening, make sure to subscribe, rate, or comment on the Chronic Sex Podcast using whichever app you stream through. The more you do this, the more other people see this work.
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A quick note: Normally, Thursday evenings are our chat nights as well. I’m battling some migraine-related issues and unfortunately don’t have enough brain power to run chat tonight. Join us next week for chat – and in two weeks for a new podcast episode.
Remember how we have a Medium page?
There’s a new piece over there right now called ‘It’s Time to Call Out Sexism and Sexual Harassment in the Patient World.’
Check it out.
I am so beyond excited to share Andrew’s work. He is my cripple from another nipple and we’re practically in work-love.
Andrew runs two podcasts. Disability with Drew covers disability culture and really what types of things those of us who identify as disabled face on a day-to-day basis. Disability After Dark is all about
Make sure to check out past episodes because both of these podcasts are amazing. You can also pop over to Patreon to support Andrew’s work.
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