July 3, 2011

The Ultimate Guide to Sex and Disability {featured book}

The Ultimate Guide to Sex and Disability: For All of Us Who Live with Disabilities, Chronic Pain, and Illness is written for a broad audience of individuals who live with disabilities, pain, illness, or chronic conditions, from chronic fatigue, back pain, and asthma to spinal cord injury, hearing and visual impairment, multiple sclerosis, and more; and regardless of age, gender, or sexual orientation.

The Ultimate Guide to Sex and Disability provides readers with encouragement, support, and information to create a sex life that works for them. The authors cover a wide range of pertinent topics, including building a positive sexual self-image; positions to minimize stress and maximize pleasure; dealing with fatigue or pain during sex; finding partners and talking with partners about sex and disability; adapting sex toys; and more.

Coauthored by Miriam Kaufman, Cory Silverberg, and Fran Odette among whom one lives with a disability, one has a chronic condition, and the third is currently nondisabled, the book is expertly written. Kaufman is a pediatrician and specialist in Adolescent Medicine at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto and associate professor at the University of Toronto; Silverberg is a sex educator and owner of a disability-positive sex toy shop, and Odette is a disability activist who has worked in the field of sexuality and disability for years.

The Ultimate Guide to Sex and Disability begins by debunking myths about disability and sex before it moves on to address desire and self-esteem; sexual anatomy and sexual response; communication; sex with ourselves; sex with others; oral sex; penetration and positioning; use of sex toys, books and videos; yoga and tantric sex; S/M; sexual health; and sexual violence. Without presuming to offer the final word on sex and disability, it concludes with an extensive collection of further resources, and a glossary of gender and sex terms.


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