chapter  8
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Conclusions

ByTulasi Acharya

This chapter concludes with the idea that the policies that are made to address the conditions of women with disabilities are still gendered and, instead of ameliorating the conditions of people with disabilities, further exacerbate their conditions, prevent them from recognizing their sex lives and using their sexual rights, and hamper their quality of life. The text concludes that sex is still considered too taboo to be introduced and discussed in policies and therefore the sexuality is compromised that fails to acknowledge sex and marital lives of people with disabilities and furthering definition of disabled as asexual. This chapter points out that the narratives of women with disabilities do reflect alternative narratives, different from policy narratives, and show how disabled women are sexual beings who have sexual desires and feelings and sexual ability which becomes important for policy makers to acknowledge in their policy to address the sex lives of people with disabilities. As a summary of the book, the chapter concludes that understanding the disabled women expressed in the words that they have used to write about their bodies, sexuality, and lived experiences, deconstructs the notion that disabled women are asexual and without feelings. The chapter acknowledges that this realization may help policy makers, sexuality activists, agencies working for people with disabilities, and academic scholars become aware of disability as it intersects with gender and sex, not only in Nepal but also in other societal contexts.