1000 copies of Sex Issue are landing on the Ladybeard door step in just three days! To get geared up for the release, we're sharing a sneak preview from three of our favourite pieces. First up, a snippet of our interview with Alex Cowan on the endemic asexualisation of disabled people.
You have written that the denial of disabled people’s sexuality is dehumanising. What is the connection between humanity and sexuality?
Sexuality is a drive, a desire, a feeling that every human being has in some way. Even if you are asexual, you have considered your relationship to sex and sexuality. So it’s intrinsically linked with humanity. It’s how humanity goes forwards, increases and multiplies.
Sex and sexuality are two different things. But sexuality is something that can pervade and influence not just your feelings about sex and yourself as a sexual being, but how you understand your position and place in the world, your interactions with other people, and your idea of yourself as a viable, valuable human being. When your sexuality is ignored, as it is with disabled people, it makes you feel less than. That’s really dehumanising, to have an important aspect of yourself completely negated. It’s as though sexuality is something that you are not worthy of.