Reading this review of “Getting Off” by Jamye Waxman at Menstrual Poetry, I started to wonder: who’s assessing sex toys from an accessibility point of view? Where are the easy-grip variety-of-angles assistive devices for women with a range of different disabilities? When was the last time you saw a mainstream sex toy site include information on accessibility?
There are websites and stores and government departments where you can learn absolutely everything there is to learn about power wheelchairs and dressing aids and kitchen gear and computer equipment and sporting goods and knitting paraphernalia for people with disabilities, but where are the sex toys? My local Independent Living Centre has exactly one item listed under “Recreation > Sexuality, and that’s a set of furniture to fuck in. (For a comparison, they have no fewer than five smoking aids.)
And why do we keep hearing about female prostitutes for het men with disabilities and the debate about sexual facilitators and anal ejaculation devices for men with spinal cord disabilities, but we never hear about self-operated assistive devices for women with disabilities? OK, that last question’s a Dorothy Dixer, but I’m still interested in the others.