The Sexuality and Disability programme at Point of View started in 2012 with the launch of our pioneering website, designed as a series of questions that a woman with a disability might have about a wide range of issues, from her body and sex to relationships, parenting and violence.
In a context where the sexuality of women in general is a taboo subject, the sexual rights of people with disabilities are almost never discussed. We address this both online and offline.
Online, along with a site full of resources, we run an award-winning digital publication called Skin Stories, which amplifies the voices of people (especially women) with disabilities.
Offline, we run workshops and conduct research all over the country with people living with a range of disabilities and the people who surround them. We also host or facilitate events to make issues of sexuality and disability known to a wider audience.
Why do we think that someone who doesn’t have one hand doesn’t masturbate with the other? Or that someone who can’t see doesn’t paint her own mental images of a perfect lover?
Author, Sexuality and Disability
Stories are life-sustaining. They make us who we are. That's why they are political. And that's why it is central to our work here at Skin Stories to centre and amplify the stories that people with disabilities tell about their own lives.
Shreya Ila Anasuya
Managing Editor, Skin Stories
Spaces where we can talk about and centre desire and pleasure, for all people, are vital.