It seems like it shouldn’t be necessary to write this, given that one in every five Americans/South Africa has a disability. “It’s 2018,” you might be saying to yourself. “We know better by now.”
A quick Google search would correct that misconception right away. Dating, romance and sex culture largely avoids disability. It’s not just in our bars, clubs, entertainment, social media, churches and other public spaces.
A quick sweep of dating advice articles shows a pathetic amount of articles with decent, realistic advice about love and sex (shout out to The Atlantic’s 2013 article “Love in the Time of Chronic Illness,” a candle in the wind and one of the few worth reading). Most are directed at people who have disabilities, belittling and minimizing our needs and desires, asking us to compromise and sell themselves short of healthy love and sex.
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