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Forced Intimacy Day 17 of 30 Days of Racial and Disabled Justice - Calling Up Justice!

Forced Intimacy Day 17 of 30 Days of Racial and Disabled Justice

forced intimacy

“Forced Intimacy” refers to the common, daily experience of disabled people being expected to share personal parts of themselves to survive in an ableist world.  This includes being expected to share personal information with able bodied people to get basic access. 

Disabled people have to build and sustain emotional intimacy and relationships with someone in order to get access—to get safe, appropriate and good access.

  • often requires touching of our bodies. 
  • Feels exploitative, exhausting and at times violating
  • With strangers or those who are actively harassing
  • Often takes place without consent

Source:  Coined by Mia Mingus in 2011

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