[AI] Sexual professionalism: for whom? The case of sexual facilitation in Swedish personal assistance services

avinash shahi shahi88avinash at gmail.com
Wed Jul 1 12:31:53 PDT 2015

Sexuality is a taboo subject in disability services, leading to
insecurity for both service users and personnel about how to handle
upcoming situations. In Sweden, there is also a lack of policy in this
area, highlighting the need to study sexuality both as an individual
and a political, and in this case also, depoliticized issue. A
critical feminist policy analysis reveals that norms around
disability, sexuality and professionalism in a particular legal,
political and cultural context strongly influence the willingness to
recognize disabled people’s sexual rights. The Swedish case indicates
a need for increased transnational work to develop ethical,
professional and non-discriminatory rights-based approaches to sexual

Avinash Shahi
Doctoral student at Centre for Law and Governance JNU

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