chapter  7
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Testing the typology of narratives

ByTulasi Acharya

The chapter revisits the proposed typology of narratives to determine whether there are reflexive policies that address the heterogeneous issues of women with disabilities. The findings are further discussed through the lens of critical sexual theory and postcolonial frameworks that link to the discussion of Foucault’s (1990) biopower and other discursive practices in the local contexts. The chapter places the narratives into one of four categories: 1) intelligible and empirical, 2) empirical and observational, 3) interpretative and heterogeneous, and 4) interpretative and reflexive. The chapter shows that most of the narratives of women with disabilities fall into the third category, which can be addressed only by reflexive policies that fall into the fourth category. However, most of the policies fall into the second category, and this shows that policy gaps do exist between disability policies and the narratives of women with disabilities. The chapter explores how policies fail to acknowledge that women with disabilities are sexual beings with equal rights to sexual pleasure, intimacy, love, friendship, relationship, and sexual and reproductive choices.