(S)excerpts from a Life Told: Sex, Gender and Learning Disability

Chrissie Rogers

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This is an article about Sarah’s sexual teenage journey, seen through the lens of her mother, the author. It tackles learning disability, sexual experimentation, education, governance and responsibility. By using an autoethnographical method the article speaks personally to these intimate lived experiences and yet broadly and contextually these issues can give further insight into the difficult social processes that permeate surveillance and control, of sexual activity amongst a particular group of adults (young, learning disabled), by way of legal practice and sex education; family practices and the negotiation of power and control over sexual activity; and sexual citizenship and rights to a sexual identity.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)271-289
Number of pages19
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2009


  • autoethnography, learning disability, parenting, sexual


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