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Product Details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Duke University Press Books (January 4, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0822351544
  • ISBN-13: 978-0822351542
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #795,528 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This is a big collection, literally, politically, and theoretically. With essays drawing on sociology, anthropology, literary studies, history, and cultural studies, as well as some more lyrical, performative, and autobiographical, Sex and Disability will be indispensable for a wide range of audiences in gender studies, disability studies, queer studies and beyond."—Siobhan B. Somerville, author of Queering the Color Line: Race and the Invention of Homosexuality in American Culture


"This riveting collection of essays is a fascinating rethinking of what sex and disability could feel like together, affirmatively and generatively. Opening with a candid, frank introduction that moves deftly between the autobiographical and the political, the volume mounts a serious challenge to the sex-ableism of queer theory and the tendency to think of sex and disability in negative terms. Having read about pregnant men, the vagaries of touch, amputee devotees, and sex addiction, the reader will emerge uncertain about what exactly sex is, who has it, and with what. More trenchantly, these works demand an acknowledgement of how notions of ableism severely limit broader experiences of sexual erotics, intimacy, and arousal. Kudos to the editors for undertaking this important project."—Jasbir K. Puar, author of Terrorist Assemblages: Homonationalism in Queer Times


“As a political intellectual project, Sex and Disability aims toward a queer disability refusal of the normalization of our bodies, desires, spaces, imaginations. This refusal is an opening: what might happen to queer theories and practices of sexuality if we centered disability? ... [T]he editors have set the stage for future conversations, political action, and, really, hotter sex.”
(Alexis Shotwell Signs)

“[R]apturous and sophisticated in both scope and nuance.”
(Jacob Miller Cyberhetoric)

“[S]timulating, thought-provoking, and fascinating. Many of the entries left me with food for thought, including some intriguing reframing of social issues that will inform my own work in the future.”
(S. E. Smith Global Comment)

“Although sexuality studies and disability studies have independently generated much scholarship, few have sufficiently bridged the disciplines as extensively as this anthology and showed as convincingly that "sex and disability" do in fact come together.... Recommended.”
(Y. Kiuchi Choice)

“The vast majority of the contributions that engage with queer and disability theory here are, by turns, beautifully written, engaging, perceptive, hilarious, and nuanced. . . . [A]n intellectually invigorating read.”
(Anna Hamilton Bitch)

Sex and Disability is one of the most important volumes to appear in disability studies in years and, I would hazard to guess, in sexuality studies as well.”
(Bruce Henderson Journal of Sex Research)

“This book shows sex to be at work in encounters and objects not usually considered to be erotic, and marks the terrifying and exhilarating ways in which disability turns up in unexpected places. Such an undressing of sex and disability as is provided in this collection is sure to have a significant impact on disability studies in the years to come.”
(Kelly Fritsch Canadian Journal of Disability Studies)

“Though McRuer and Mollow acknowledge that they are not the first to bridge these fields, what they do here, and quite impressively, is to harness the energies of this emerging discourse into a single volume at a defining moment in disability studies and disability culture. . . . One of the anthology’s most exciting elements is the complicated interplay its essays stage between body theory and embodied experience.” 
 
(Cynthia Barounis symploke)

“Mollow and McRuer have edited an important book. The collection is an exciting contribution to the fields of disability, queer studies, and queer theory. Every chapter is an inspirational read, but taken together, the contributions provide insightful discussion with layers of reflection that would be difficult to incorporate otherwise. The volume not only shows the multiple ways sex and disability are intertwined, but also invites readers to think beyond established understandings of those concepts, thereby challenging boundaries and transforming ideas of disability and sex.”
(Nina Mackert H-Disability, H-Net Reviews)

About the Author

Robert McRuer is Professor of English at the George Washington University. He is the author of Crip Theory: Cultural Signs of Queerness and Disability and The Queer Renaissance: Contemporary American Literature and the Reinvention of Lesbian and Gay Identities.

Anna Mollow is a PhD candidate in English at the University of California, Berkeley.


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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie Woodward on December 2, 2012
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Each chapter of this book is written by a different author and explores a different area of the sex and disability. Many topics are covered - sterilization, devoteeism, society's attempts to ignore/control the sexuality of people with disabilities, ect. One of the best chapters is Riva Lehrer's chapter - it is a bit different from the rest of the chapters because it is more of a creative writing piece about her own life and sexuality. I got it for my Gender, Sex, and Disability class, but as a disabled person, I really connect with it and am glad to have it in my collection for non-educational purposes as well.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By colormepink on September 8, 2013
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I rented this through amazon's textbook rental for a class that required it. I love how it came in 2 days due to my amazon student prime membership! It's very information about discourses of sexual minorities, in particular, disabled individuals and sexuality.
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