The sexual politics of disability, twenty years on

Tom Shakespeare, Sarah Richardson

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This paper follows up on qualitative interviews conducted with British disabled people in 1994-6, exploring how people’s lives and relationships have changed over twenty years (n=8). The themes include imagery and identity, access to relationships, social context and attitudes. Ageing brought greater self-acceptance, and also lower salience of impairment; but for some, it also brought co-morbid chronic health issues which made life more complicated. Respondents generally felt that social attitudes to disabled sexuality had not changed sufficiently, but also that UK austerity policies risked undermining hard-won independence and wellbeing.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)82-91
Number of pages10
JournalScandinavian Journal of Disability Research
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2018


  • Sexuality
  • Relationships
  • Identity
  • Self-image
  • Ageing
  • Austerity
  • Follow-up study

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