- LELO explains 5 facts about gender and disability.
- The topic of sex is fraught with prejudice.
- 49% of respondents with disabilities have a desire to dispel the misconception that they are asexual.
- Sex is not black and white – there are many different ways to express sexual feelings.
- It is very important for all people to be sexually literate and always have access to important information.
People with disabilities have a more difficult time than others in many areas due to the frequent lack of accessibility and lack of integration options. According to a survey conducted by LELO in collaboration with Censuswide, 10% of people with disabilities feel marginalized. This survey was conducted in the spring of about 1,000 adults in Germany, half of whom had disabilities. Whether you’re on the train or looking for a job – inclusion is often not given enough consideration in many areas of life. They also face bias and misunderstanding.
These assumptions don’t stop when it comes to sex and many people with disabilities face stigma when it comes to sex and sexuality. Therefore, the Swedish sex toy manufacturer LELO made it its mission to provide information and decided to address prevailing prejudices.
Because for LELO, inclusion and diversity are especially important when it comes to gender. This starts with the fact that the products and their marketing ensures that everyone is included. The LELO survey also found that 49% of respondents with disabilities had a desire to dispel the misconception that they are asexual. A similar percentage also felt that their disability often misinterpreted their sexuality (48%).
For LELO, one thing is clear: these misconceptions must finally come to an end and everyone can contribute through targeted education. To take a small step toward change, LELO has prepared the following five facts everyone needs to know about sex, sexuality, and disability.
Fact 1: People with disabilities can have and enjoy sex
One of the biggest obstacles people with disabilities face is the persistent assumption that they are not sexual. Of course this is not true! They can also have sexual needs, have sex, and if they want to, in an adventurous manner. At the end of the day, everyone can decide for themselves whether they want to enter into intimate relationships.
Fact 2: People with disabilities can have sex
The ability to have “traditional” sex may depend on the person’s disability. However, gender is not a black and white concept – there are many different ways to express sexual feelings. For a person with a disability, it may take a little planning, creativity, support, and experimentation to find a comfortable position. Also, there is no “right” way to have sex, it just comes down to how comfortable you feel.
Fact 3: People with disabilities don’t just have sex with each other
The position that people with disabilities only enter into sexual relations with each other limits the possibility of developing loving relationships. Also, this mentality identifies a person as a disabled person first and then as a human being. As long as all partners are happy and safe, they can have a healthy sex life. In addition, a relationship with a disabled person is not a burden! All relationships require hard work and compromise, and living with a disability doesn’t mean that you contribute less to the relationship.
Fact 4: Sex isn’t just about soldiers
Just because someone can’t get an erection or orgasm in the “traditional” sense doesn’t mean they can’t enjoy sex. For example, people with spinal cord injuries report that they get great pleasure from stimulating areas such as the arms, earlobes, neck, cheeks, and nipples – so much so that it can lead to orgasm! It’s all about figuring out what you personally like and don’t like – and best done with a loving partner you trust!
Fact 5: All people need to learn and understand sex
It is very important for all people to be sexually literate and always have access to important information. The topics of consent, sexually transmitted diseases, contraception, pregnancy, and safe sex are an important part of this education. Not only do people with disabilities need to find an enjoyable environment in which they can talk openly about their experiences. If complaints are made, they should be taken seriously and responded appropriately.
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