Marcia H. Rioux, Lee Ann Basser & Melinda Jones (eds.) Critical Perspectives on Human Rights and Disability Law, Martinus Nijhoff/Brill Publishers (2011) pp. 157-199
“Women with disabilities commonly find themselves precluded from performing the major life functions commonly assigned to women”. This is nowhere more true than in the areas of sexuality, reproduction and parenting. While women generally are identified with, and indeed valorized for, their nurturing roles, sexual attractiveness and reproductive capacities, women with disabilities are all too often regarded as lacking in each case. Disability affects whether and how women are permitted to participate in sexual, reproductive and nurturing activities. In a culture where women are still defined, to a significant extent, as sexual beings, reproducers and nurturers, the, “general culture limits disabled women’s maternal occupation and leaves them ‘roleless’”. Thus, even in contemporary society, women with disabilities are denied the roles most commonly assigned to their gender and the characteristics most valued in women.
Mykitiuk, Roxanne, and Ena Chadha. "Sites of Exclusion: Disabled Women’s Sexual and Reproductive Rights." Rioux, Marcia H., Lee Ann Basser Marks, and Melinda. Jones, eds. Critical Perspectives on Human Rights and Disability Law. Leiden, NL: Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, 2011. ISBN: 9004189580
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This is a post-print of a book chapter published in Marcia H. Rioux, Lee Ann Basser & Melinda Jones (eds.) Critical Perspectives on Human Rights and Disability Law by Brill Publishers.