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Embodied: Sex And Dating With Physical Disabilities

D'Arcee Charington shares the importance of verbal assertiveness for healthy and pleasurable inter-able romance.
D'Arcee Charington shares the importance of verbal assertiveness for healthy and pleasurable inter-able romance.
D'Arcee Charington shares the importance of verbal assertiveness for healthy and pleasurable inter-able romance.
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D'Arcee Charington shares the importance of verbal assertiveness for healthy and pleasurable inter-able romance.

How to disclose on Tinder … maybe a full-body profile picture? Is a wheelchair emoji in the bio too cliche? Maybe just mention it after matching? For people with physical disabilities, dating can be a barrage of stigma and questions about what their bodies can and cannot do. And no, an arranged date with another physically disabled person — usually with no regard for compatibility —  is not ideal either. 

Host Anita Rao discusses romance and sexuality with three people with varying disabilities, D'Arcee Charington, Julie-Ann Scott-Pollock and Ariella Barker. CW: Sexual assault

On this edition of the Embodied series, host Anita Rao looks at ways to de-stigmatize dating as well as what able-bodied people can learn about consent and communication from the disabilities community. D’Arcee Charington, Julie-Ann Scott-Pollock and Ariella Barker join Rao and share their experiences with romance.

 

Charington is an advocate originally from Cary and a doctoral candidate in English at the Ohio State University. Scott-Pollock is a professor in communication studies at UNC-Wilmington as well as the director of UNCW Performance Studies. Barkeris an attorney for the City of New York and was crowned Ms. Wheelchair NC in 2014. 

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Anita Rao is the host and creator of "Embodied," a live, weekly radio show and seasonal podcast about sex, relationships & health. She's also the managing editor of WUNC's on-demand content. She has traveled the country recording interviews for the Peabody Award-winning StoryCorps production department, founded and launched a podcast about millennial feminism in the South, and served as the managing editor and regular host of "The State of Things," North Carolina Public Radio's flagship daily, live talk show. Anita was born in a small coal-mining town in Northeast England but spent most of her life growing up in Iowa and has a fond affection for the Midwest.
Grant Holub-Moorman is a producer for The State of Things, WUNC's daily, live talk show that features the issues, personalities and places of North Carolina.