Social And Cultural Framing Of Disability Essay

951 Words Oct 19th, 2015 4 Pages
For the past several decades the disability movement has been an active part of intersectionality. The modern disability movement “draws a distinction between physical impairment and disability” (Wentzell 371). It focuses on the social and cultural framing of disability rather than the medicalization of different impairment conditions. The disability movement is the parent movement to the disability sex rights movement. The disability sex rights movement addresses the “psychosocial, sociocultural, historical, and political influences on the sexual self-definition and sexual expression of individuals within the disabled community” (Wentzell 371). There are numerous stereotypes regarding people with disabilities and what activities they should and do participate in. The disability sex rights movement works within and from the disability justice framework to break down the cultural idea of normative bodies and normative sexuality.
In Western culture, those with disabilities are largely rendered invisible. When the idea of disability is acknowledged, the cultural image is generally surrounding physical impairment and white men. However, disabled communities have “a multiplicity of politicized identities, socioeconomic locations, and embodied experiences simultaneously” (Ndopu 1). The truth is that there are 26 million women with disabilities in the United States (Hershey 469). Women are more likely than men to have disabilities and women of color are more likely to have them…

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