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1 April 2019
"Cripping" Sex Education
Good quality sex, sexuality and relationships education is key to increasing the likelihood that people with disabilities will enjoy fulfilling romantic and sexual lives and engage in safe and satisfying forms of sexual expression. Unfortunately, disabled people can encounter a range of problematic assumptions regarding their sexuality. On the one hand, people with disabilities are commonly de-sexualised and regarded as being incapable of having sexual desires. On the other hand, disabled people are also perceived to have ‘deviant’ and/or ‘excessive’ sexualities; and the ‘dangers’ or ‘threats’ that they are presumed to pose often lead to restrictions of their access to sex and sexuality education.
This special issue of the journal Sex Education journal invites papers that consider whether and how people with disabilities access and experience sex education across different socio-cultural-political contexts. In particular, we welcome papers that focus on ways to “crip” sex education. By that we mean, theoretical and empirical ways of re-imagining sex education by centralising “crip” bodies and desires so that sex, sexuality and relationships education is more attentive to the needs and desires of people with disabilities.
Submissions may focus on range of topics including, but not limited to:
- Formal and informal sources of sex, sexuality and relationships education for people with disabilities.
- Intersectional approaches to sex, sexuality and relationships education.
- The presence and impact of people with disabilities as educators in the field of sex, sexuality and relationships education.
- Academic papers written by and with people with disabilities which shed light on how participatory approaches can inform sex, sexuality and relationships education.
- Gatekeepers and access to good quality sex, sexuality and relationships education.
- Questions around consent, abuse, infantilisation and agency of disabled people.
- Structural-level analysis of social processes shaping disabled sexualities and sex education.
Crip theory and other theoretical tools for future theorizing.
For more information about the journal, visit the journal homepage.
If you are not sure whether your article is appropriate for this special issue, please feel free to contact one of the guest editors. Enquiries can be emailed to Margaret Campbell or Alan Santinele Martino.
Please submit your article for review by 1 April 2019.
All papers must be carefully prepared to the journal’s format and style. You are strongly advised to read some recent paper published in the journal to get a clear sense of what this is like. You can review the journal’s instructions for authors.
When you submit your article, will be asked whether you are submitting for a special issue. Please use the pull-down menu to note that you are submitting your paper for the special issue [Cripping Sex Education] in Sex Education. Please also note in the manuscript itself that you are submitting it for this special issue.
- Charlotta Löfgren-Mårtenson, Department of Social Work, Malmö University, Sweden.
- Jens Rydström, Department of Gender Studies, & Senior Lecturer, History Department, Lund University, Sweden
- Alan Santinele Martino, Department of Sociology, McMaster University, Canada.
- Margaret Campbell, Department of Sociology & Anthropology, Concordia University, Canada.