Young men with physical disabilities struggle for digital sex(uality)

Kaur, Herminder (2019) Young men with physical disabilities struggle for digital sex(uality). In: Online Othering: Exploring Digital Violence and Discrimination on the Web. Lumsden, Karen and Harmer, Emily, eds. Palgrave Studies in Cybercrime and Cybersecurity . Palgrave MacMillan, pp. 239-258. ISBN 9783030126322. [Book Section] (doi:10.1007/978-3-030-12633-9_10)


Previous studies have found that people with disabilities experience sexual othering in offline contexts. However, little is known about how they engage in sexual practices online. This chapter advances arguments on sexual othering and digital media use for sex(uality) by young people with physical disabilities. It draws on an ethnographic study conducted in a special school in the UK. The chapter explores how two physically disabled young men evade parental mediation in the home to find, view, and explore sex(uality) online. When digital media technologies are mediated through restrictive parental mediation, young people with physical disabilities can encounter an added layer to the sexual othering process. This is further complicated when their disability intersects with gender and sexuality.

Item Type: Book Section
Research Areas: A. > School of Law > Criminology and Sociology
Item ID: 26548
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Depositing User: Herminder Kaur
Date Deposited: 07 May 2019 14:13
Last Modified: 07 May 2019 14:13

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