Physical disability and sexuality: A qualitative study on challenges and expectations connected to sexuality seen from the view of Tanzanian women living with physical disabilities
Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
This thesis is a qualitative interview study with the purpose of describing how women living with physical disabilities view their experiences and expectations connected to sexuality. It also aims to highlight how the surrounding society treats these women regarding their sexuality. Through semi-structured interviews; six single- and one group interview, the data was collected during a two month long Minor Field Study in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. An interpreter, with a degree in Kiswahili/English translation at the University of Dar es Salaam was translating the interviews from Kiswahili to English. The results of this study show that the women living with physical disabilities view themselves as capable and strong sexual beings even if they at the same time face many challenges. The challenges they face are both on an individual and a structural level. These challenges are often connected to the men they have long or short relationships with and are closely linked to both how the men and the society view physical disability and the female sex. This thesis shows that when it comes to sexuality the women all hope for a radical change towards a society that can meet their needs better and the women’s stories clearly highlight the importance of seeing the society itself as the disabling mechanism instead of seeing themselves as disabled individuals.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2010. , 48 p.
Physical disability, mobility impairment, sexuality, love relationship, women, Tanzania, Africa.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-62330OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-62330DiVA: diva2:441224
UppsokSocial and Behavioural Science, Law