Sexual Freedom Summit Encourages Americans to Talk About Sex

Posted in Health by Publisher, Port Of Harlem Snippets on October 3rd, 2012

The Sexual Freedom Summit in Silver Spring, MD was more than about who is having sexual relationships with whom or how and when they have sexual encounters. “It’s about making society more inclusive,” says Robin Mandell, who led the discussion, “Sexual Rights for Disabled People: Group Homes, Grassroots and Beyond .” For many of the participants, the biggest barrier to sexual freedom in the United States is the view that sex is only for reproduction and not for pleasure, too.

During the discussion, Mandell reminded the audience about the liberated view former U.S. Supreme Court justice Sandra Day Connor publicly shared when she discovered that her husband, who suffers from Alzheimer’s, was having an “affair” with another woman at his nursing facility.

Audience members added more examples of what sexual freedoms means including: In Amsterdam, the government will pay for the sexual pleasures of the disabled.

For the United States to become more progressive, participants called for more erotic materials in braille for the visually impaired to enjoy and creating space for disabled youth to learn about sexual encounters from their peers just as other young adults are able to create their own spaces to do the same.

Noting that sexual health is part of our general health, one participant discussed (for mature audiences only) erotic dancing from a wheelchair (for mature audiences only).

However, the biggest audience agreement came when Mandall (pictured left) discussed how social service agencies will encourage the cognitive and physically disabled to take birth control pills to prevent the birth of children. “They don’t want to provide the support to any children they may have,” Mandall explained. However, the agencies will not place the same pressure on physically and mentally abled people who cannot provide for their children without government assistance, but continue to have them.

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