Sexual Rights and Disability

Journal of Medical Ethics, Vol. 37, pp. 158-161, 2011

9 Pages Posted: 21 Sep 2011

Date Written: September 21, 2011


This paper argues against Appel's recent proposal — in this journal — that there is a fundamental human right to sexual pleasure, and that therefore the sexual pleasure of severely disabled people should be publicly funded — by thereby partially legalising prostitution. An alternative is proposed that does not need to pose a new positive human right; does not need public funding; does not need the legalisation of prostitution; and that would offer a better experience to the severely disabled: charitable non-profit organisations whose members would voluntarily and freely provide sexual pleasure to the severely disabled.

Keywords: sexual rights, disability, applied ethics, bioethics, medical ethics

Suggested Citation

Di Nucci, Ezio, Sexual Rights and Disability (September 21, 2011). Journal of Medical Ethics, Vol. 37, pp. 158-161, 2011, Available at SSRN:

Ezio Di Nucci (Contact Author)

University of Copenhagen ( email )

Nørregade 10
Copenhagen, København DK-1165

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