Sex Volunteers, Prostitutes, and People with Disabilities
This chapter examines the controversy surrounding the sexual needs and rights of people with disabilities. More specifically, it asks whether people with disabilities have the right to fulfill their sexual needs and whether it is acceptable to take them to brothels. The chapter provides a culturally specific, historically informed account of prostitution and various sexual services in Japan and the related issues of disability and sexuality as well as concerns over family, democracy and social responsibility, and the future of the national health-care system. It also considers the sexual services offered by barrier-free brothels, sex volunteers, and prostitutes to men with disabilities. Finally, it looks at organizations such as White Hands that emphasize the social welfare aspects of their sexual services, along with the politics of sexual relations involving people with disabilities and sexual rights for such individuals.
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