What prostitution can do for disabled people
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Katie Price, previously known as Jordan, has a well-established image as a model and is currently putting her mark on the world as a loving mother. As for every mother, it is hard to figure out what the right thing to do for your children is, but for
Price it has proven to be more difficult than for others as it has landed her in the middle of a heated debate.
Just over a week ago, Price confessed that she is considering hiring a prostitute for her son, Harvey, once he turns 18. Due to Harvey’s disabilities, Price is concerned that he will miss out on having sexual experiences and is thus, like many other disabled people, turning towards the sex industry to find a solution.
Katie Price isn’t the first and definitely won’t be the last person to consider this. In fact, Price’s idea to do this came up in a discussion with bestselling author Kathy Lette, who hired a prostitute for her son when he was 21. A similar situation also came to light in Channel 4’s documentary Can Have Sex, Will Have Sex, in which a mother hired a sex worker for her 26-year-old son so he could lose his virginity.
While the idea that disabled people ‘need’ prostitutes in order to have sex may be demeaning, as it creates the assumption that they are not desired. The fear, however, of missing out on sex is an actual concern amongst some disabled people.
This partly arises from how disabled people are portrayed in movies and series. They are, with a few exceptions, left out of any romantic scenes and are usually the object of pity or inspiration. Even though the latter characteristic is in no way harmful, the lack of a romantic interest for disabled characters in movies can be very discouraging for disabled people.
Not only does it affect them, but it also adds to the general public’s perception of disabled people. In an interview with the BBC, Asta Philpot, a 25-year-old man who suffers from arthrogryposis, a condition which causes reduced joint mobility, even said that “people look at disabled people as not being able to have a relationship”.
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