There was a hope that handicapped peoplea€™s sexual desires must certanly be reserve and overlooked, because they should nota€”or could nota€”be satisfied.
The second trope would be that impairment is an abuse wreaked for committing a sin and, therefore, the impaired people is a wholly unacceptable sexual partner since they’re evil and, paradoxically, effective. One of the best examples is actually William Shakespearea€™s Richard III, that is composed as complicated in mind and body or, as he states of himself, a€?rudely stampeda€? and made impotent by their bodily limitations.
Disabled girls have also experienced this stigma. Most women with mental-health conditionsa€”along with the elderly revealing signs and symptoms of dementia, and people with harmless and cancerous growthsa€”were involved into the European witch-hunts from the seventeenth millennium, for instance. One observer during the time, Reginald Scot (a justice associated with tranquility in Kent, The united kingdomt), noted that they are a€?commonly old, lame, blear-eyed, pale, foul, full of lines and wrinkles a€¦ thin and deformed, revealing melancholy inside their confronts, to the terror of all that see all of them.a€?