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Global Perspective: The Too Hard Basket

Wed., April 20 at 9 p.m. on WAMU 88.5 and 88.3 Ocean City; Thurs., April 21 on 88.5-3 Intersection

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Disabled people are rarely touched in a loving way or thought of as sexually desirable yet they have the same need for a sexual life as everyone else. In this confronting program John Blades, who has a major disability himself, talks to sex workers about why they work with disabled clients and the importance of touch to every human being.

 

John also meets other people with disabilities; Gary who has burns to 60% of his body and finds that being touched by his wife on his burnt skin makes him feel desirable; and Caitlin, who has cerebral palsy, and whose first sexual experience was with a sex worker.

You can listen to an extended version of this story and hear additional interviews with some of the characters at ABC's website.

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