A central theme of the festival, which celebrates disability arts in all its forms, was the importance of sexuality. During that particular session, a number of prominent disabled activists talked about the importance of speaking out about and celebrating sexuality. The discussion was good-humoured and funny, and an insight into an area of sexuality that has become increasingly of interest — and controversial — over recent years. Mik Scarlet , one of the panel members, spent some time in the s partying at fetish clubs with his wife, Diane. What they want to stress, instead, is that the fetish scene is far less likely to reject people with impairments and that many people feel welcome in fetish clubs some of which make demonstrable efforts to be accessible to disabled people. A fetish is broadly defined as having a strong sexual response to an object, behaviour or type of person.
Devotees: Exploring the Disability Fetish
Devotees: Exploring the Disability Fetish | The Life Quadriplegic
After posting a photo of herself online, disabled BBC Three presenter Emily Yates was shocked to receive a message saying "pretty cripple". It led her to investigate the secret world of "devotees" - those who are sexually aroused by disabled people and their struggles. It was and I was living in Melbourne, Australia, when I posted a photo of myself in my wheelchair on Facebook ahead of the university's annual ball. Later I saw a few friendly comments had been added from people wishing me a great evening but below that I was shocked to see the words "pretty cripple" posted by a friend in New York. I was hurt that compliments and negative terms could go hand-in-hand in this way, but was even more offended when I later discovered that, to some, it was the biggest gesture of admiration he could have given me.
Attraction to disability
It is one of the most particular sexual attractions. Attraction to disability is a sexualised interest in the appearance, sensation and experience of disability. It may extend from normal human sexuality into a type of sexual fetishism. Our curiosity and perhaps many of you asking about it , has led us to look for and tell the true stories of some of these men.
I also happen to use a wheelchair; I was diagnosed shortly after my first birthday with a motor neuron disease. I have about as much physical strength as a quadriplegic, but I have full sensation. Boy howdy, do I! I am careful about who I date because of my physical dependence on the people around me. These are individuals with disability-related fetishes.