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Department

Social Science

Disciplines

Social and Behavioral Sciences

Abstract

This literature review examines social science research on blind women’s experiences with sexual relationships. The findings suggest that socially constructed barriers marginalize blind women, often resulting in blind women being labeled as asexual. The intersection of able-ism and sexism positions many blind women as outsiders who do not possess sexual attractiveness. After discussing perspectives that examine socially constructed barriers rather than biological barriers to blind women’s sexuality, the paper reviews some consequences of denied sexuality, such as exclusion from heterosexual and homosexual relationships and increased risk of violence. The paper concludes with suggestions on how to challenge socially constructed barriers and a call for further on blind women’s experiences with sexual relationships.

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Faculty Mentor

Dr. Virginia Husting & Dr. Robin Allen