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NCJ Number: 201439 Find in a Library
Title: Mainstreaming Immobility: Disability Pornography and Its Challenge to Two Movements (From Sourcebook on Violence Against Women, P 193-207, 2001, Claire M. Renzetti, Jeffrey L. Edleson, and Raquel K. Bergen, eds. -- See NCJ-201429)
Author(s): R. Amy Elman
Date Published: 2001
Page Count: 15
Sponsoring Agency: Sage Publications, Inc
Thousand Oaks, CA 91320
Sale Source: Sage Publications, Inc
2455 Teller Road
Thousand Oaks, CA 91320
United States of America
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Book (Softbound)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This chapter examines the various visual media that both sexualize and ridicule those women and girls whose health and relative immobility make them especially vulnerable to sexual abuse, with a focus on pornography that features disabled women and girls.
Abstract: In addition to the periodic pornographic portrayals of immobile and disabled women in mainstream sexually-oriented magazines such as "Playboy," "Penthouse," and "Hustler," there is a pornography genre that deals exclusively with women and girls with disabilities. The most popular disability pornography is often amputee pornography, because this particular disability is one of the most visible. The market for such pornography consists primarily of men whom sexologists refer to as "acrotomophiles," who are erotically excited by the stump or stumps of the amputee partner and are dependent on them for erotic arousal and the facilitation or attainment of orgasm. Some of this pornography touts the pleasures to be derived from raping disabled women and disfiguring others. Disability pornography also provides its audience with tips on where to meet disabled women, thus making such women vulnerable to predators in places where they would expect to find support, such as rehabilitation centers, hospitals, and orthopedic supply stores. Data that pertain to the sexual abuse and assault of the disabled have found that 44 percent of the perpetrators were paid service providers who committed their crimes in disability service settings. Pornography in general features female sexual subordination and expendability. Disability pornography takes this theme to the extreme, thus placing disabled women at particular risk for sexual abuse and violence. 16 notes and 56 references
Main Term(s): Female victims
Index Term(s): Minors with Disabilities; Persons with Disabilities; Persons with physical disabilities; Pornography; Pornography as crime factor; Victims of violent crime; Violence causes
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