Sometimes when Tabitha Estrellado meets a man, he will extend a hand and expect her to shake it.
For people with disabilities it’s just 24.4, according to Philip Cohen, a sociologist at the University of Maryland-College Park who studies family inequality issues.
In many ways, young women with disabilities are just like other women their age when it comes to dating.
Instead, she discovered men who wanted to be physically intimate but not fully commit to a relationship. In the hookup world, men don’t care about wheelchairs.”As part of her onstage persona, Ms. Her hope is to break down the misconception that people with disabilities should be treated like children or nonsexual beings.
For months, she would secretly hook up with men she met online. Estrellado has six personal aides who switch day and night shifts throughout the week. Bruener, who lives in Alexandria, Ky., and uses a wheelchair to get around, dresses up in a buttoned cardigan and a colorful headband, a girlish look intended to throw off her audience. “I still have all the same desires for the future as any other woman my age,” she says.
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