Sex can wait, masturbate: The politics of masturbation training

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Abstract

Masturbation in sexology and in sex education constitutes one of the only sanctioned sexualities for individuals with intellectual disabilities. The discourse around disease and infection prevention at times reinforces masturbation as a suitable expression of sexuality. Utilizing scenes from a 1975 American film, The ABCs of Sex Education for Trainables and other educational materials, I investigate how sexuality for individuals with intellectual disabilities is programmed, restricted and professionalized through different training methods in order to prevent the practices of public masturbation. Masturbation training for individuals with intellectual disabilities provides a unique vantage point to discuss how the sexuality of certain groups such as prisoners, people in group homes, and institutions fall under regulation and restriction of everyday life.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)472-493
Number of pages22
JournalSexualities
Volume15
Issue number3-4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2012
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • HIV
  • intellectual disability
  • masturbation
  • prison sex
  • sex education
  • sex education film

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Anthropology

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