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Deleuze and Sex$
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Frida Beckman

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780748642618

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748642618.001.0001

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Disability, Deleuze and Sex

Disability, Deleuze and Sex

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(p.89) Chapter 4 Disability, Deleuze and Sex
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Deleuze and Sex
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Daniel Goodley

Rebecca Lawthom

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748642618.003.0005

This chapter shows how experiences of disability, exactly by failing to conform to ideas of ‘normal’ sexual behaviour, work to problematise the social and familial construction of sexuality. In this way, the disabled body functions both to demonstrate the productivity of desire at the same time as an awareness of this productivity releases us from judging sexuality in terms of normalcy. There is thus a productive double bind between Deleuze and sex and disability studies. While explorations of disabled bodies can function to illustrate Deleuzian conceptions of desire and the BwO, these same Deleuzian conceptions can help provide ways of dissolving ableist delimitations of disability and sexuality.

Keywords:   Disability, Normalcy, Ablism, Body

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