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According to the World Health Organization, “Sexuality is an integral part of the personality of everyone: man, woman, and child; it is a basic need and aspect of being human that cannot be separated from other aspects life.”
Sex and disability are often a taboo for many abled bodied people. It is rarely discussed in the same sentence; even when curiosities flood the mind. Conversations are often avoided due to the taboos that we can’t or don’t have sex or can be intimate. Because of this, more than 50% of people living with a disability do not have any form of a “regular” sex life.
I want to visually document and explore the concepts and misconceptions surrounding people with physical disabilities, sex, and sexuality. My goal is to demonstrate that in spite of one’s disability there still is the desire for sex and intimacy which is actively sought out and indulged in. Ultimately, I want to challenge the notion that those who live with a disability can, want and do have sex and to peel away at the taboos that make others apprehensive to engage in the conversation.
By photographing individuals and couples who have physical disabilities I hope to take the veil off the stereotype and misconception of what it means to see not only one’s self but also how those with physical disabilities interact in the world that is apprehensive about embracing the notion of sex, intimacy, and disability.
I am currently seeking individuals and couples who have some form of a physical disability to document. I’m especially looking for those comfortable with themselves enough to lay it all out. Ideally, I would like to photograph those who are interested in being a part of the story in their environments such as your home or other places you may be comfortable in.
If you would like to be considered in future please feel free to fill out the form as well. If nothing else, share this with someone you feel may be interested!