Why is the sexuality of individuals with highbrow disabilities usually deemed “risky” or “inappropriate” by way of lecturers, mom and dad, help employees, doctors, judges, and the media? may still sexual citizenship rely on IQ? Confronting such questions head-on, Already Doing It exposes the “sexual ableism” that denies the truth of people who, regardless of the constraints they face, actively make judgements approximately their sexual lives.
Tracing the background of efforts within the usa to restrict the sexual freedoms of such persons⎯using equipment reminiscent of compelled sterilization, invasive contraception, and gender-segregated residing arrangements—Michael Gill demonstrates that those common practices stemmed from dominant perspectives of disabled sexuality, now not least the proposal that intellectually disabled ladies are excessively sexual and fertile whereas their male opposite numbers are sexually predatory. examining felony discourses, intercourse schooling fabrics, and information tales going again to the Seventies, he indicates, for instance, that the serious specialize in “stranger threat” in intercourse schooling for intellectually disabled participants disregards their skill to independently opt for actions and sexual partners—including nonheterosexual ones, who're usually handled with heightened suspicion. He additionally examines moral concerns surrounding masturbation education that goals to manage contributors’ sexual lives, demanding situations the conception that these whose sexuality is managed (or rejected) are not reproduce, and proposes reputation of the best to develop into mom and dad for adults with highbrow disabilities.
A powerfully argued demand sexual and reproductive justice for individuals with highbrow disabilities, Already Doing It urges a shift clear of the compulsion to control “deviance” (better identified at the present time as damage relief) as the correct to excitement and highbrow incapacity will not be jointly unique. In so doing, it represents an essential new contribution to the continued debate over who, within the usa, might be allowed to have intercourse, reproduce, marry, and lift children.