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Disabled Means Asexual
The assumption that disability of any sort precludes sexual desire or romantic interaction.
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Characters with disabilities are often mysteriously left out of any kind of romantic interaction, because by default they are assumed to not have any sexual feeling or desire for such.

This is a Discredited Trope, or is becoming one, and is frustrating for audiences with disabilities. Sexual feeling and the desire for sexual or romantic interaction don't magically disappear when a disability is present, even if on the surface it appears that the disability affects the typical sexual parts of the body.

Played straight: characters involved in this trope might be the only singleton in a cast of couples, or depicted as having Incorruptible Pure Pureness as part of their inspirational disability complex. (This often has the Unfortunate Implication of relegating the adult character to childlike status; see also Disabled Means Helpless.)

Aversions could include disabled characters who cruise bars for dates, read pinup magazines, describe or are shown to be finding creative ways to take care of their sexual needs, or of course who are in relationships. It's possible that every aversion is notable enough to be listed, simply because it's still a bit revolutionary for a show to depict a disabled character this way.

A disabled guest character who is brought in specifically for a relationship with an able-bodied main character is a Disabled Love Interest.

No Real Life Examples, please.




The Cadfael novel The Pilgrim of Hate has Rhun, a teenager with a severe and painful physical disability. His lack of any interest in women is lampshaded by alluding to his disability. In the end it turns out to be a setup for him to be miraculously cured by the local saint and then decide to become a monk since he had no other plans for the future.

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