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Tales from the Operating Theater: Medical Fetishism and the Taboo Performative Power of Erotic Medical Play

Tales from the Operating Theater: Medical Fetishism and the Taboo Performative Power of Erotic Medical Play

Chapter:
(p.194) Chapter Nine Tales from the Operating Theater: Medical Fetishism and the Taboo Performative Power of Erotic Medical Play
Source:
Diagnosing Folklore
Author(s):
London Brickley
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496804259.003.0010

In chapter 9, “Tales from the Operating Theater: Medical Fetishism and the Taboo Performative Power of Erotic Medical Play,” London Brickley invites readers into a fetishist community revolving around medical practices and disability where participating individuals are acutely aware of the stigmas, boundaries, and taboos of the physically disabled and mentally ill. With special consideration placed upon the relationship between the subset of individuals who have experienced disability (and/or those that yearn to), with the nuances of their physical and erotic conditions, Brickley demonstrates that fetishes are not simply deviated sexual practices, but complex constructs of identity and chosen experience. By drawing attention to perceptions of what is sexually attractive, she also points out the bias that the disabled body is unattractive, demonstrating that this ability to either see beyond the disability or find it arousing is the primary reason for the label of deviant sexual behavior.

Keywords:   Medical Fetish, Medical Play, Stigma, Disability, Sex

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