ABSTRACT

This conclusion presents some closing thoughts on the key concepts discussed in the preceding chapters of this book. The book explores the complex relationships between disability, body, sexuality and gender, the thematic analysis of informants' sexual stories. It affirms the disability as synonymous with sexual oppression, suppression and repression, with regards to informants' own lived understandings and storytelling. Sexual ableism also emphasises disability as synonymous with labour, work and performance: that being a disabled sexual subject in a dis/ableist world requires undertaking multitude of labours. Disabled people are intersectional subjects with intersectional lives: to paraphrase Audrey Lorde, none of us live single-issue lives. The book draws more explicitly upon the DisHuman to trouble some of the tensions identified. It shows the ways in which disabled people's learning about sex can remain defined by its deviation from sexual normalcy and its practices and that a relentless focus on normative bodies and bodily experiences has the potential to alienate disabled young people.