The Invisibles

Disability, sexuality and new strategies of enfreakment

Authored by: Niall Richardson

The Routledge Companion to Media, Sex and Sexuality

Print publication date:  August  2017
Online publication date:  August  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138777217
eBook ISBN: 9781315168302
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315168302.ch31

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Abstract

Popular media has a long history of representing disabled bodies as asexual – neither sexually desiring nor desirable. Throughout popular culture, disabled characters have operated as a defining other and have either been coded as monsters, who are often psychotic because of their disability, or else have occupied the position of the politics of pity and reminded the viewer of the need for compassion for those who are less fortunate (see Zola, 1985; Nelson, 1994; Norden, 1994; Whittington-Walsh, 2002).

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