Dating filipina polio
While writing this article, I was saddened to find out just how many people – including some of my very close friends – remain blinkered to the idea that disabled people want, need and have sex.
The importance of intimacy cannot be underestimated.
Tom and I hit it off and enjoyed a good flirt but nothing happened.
Later, he admitted to me that despite thinking I was ‘gorgeous’, he had assumed that I was unable to have relationships, or have children.
The story charts his relationship with a ‘sex surrogate’, played by Helen Hunt, to help him lose his virginity.
Ultimately, the belief that disabled people aren’t sexy leaves many feeling lonely.
From around the centre of my ribs and upward, though, I have complete mobility. Sex and disability does come up for discussion from time to time.
Most recently, the film The Sessions explored the life of poet Mark O’Brien, who suffered disability due to polio.
But even she still encounters the classic, ‘You’re so hot, it’s shame you are in a wheelchair’ line from admirers.
Despite this I continue to believe that the increasing number of sexually active disabled people in the public eye will help debunk the myth, and that when it comes to The Questions, honesty is without doubt the best policy. Searching the internet, I discovered a website called TLC, which helps connect disabled people with ‘sex professionals’ trained to understand and manage their sometimes unique sexual desires.