Lo sexual es político: el cambio de repertorio en el activismo de la diversidad funcional



The activism of people with functional diversity (FD) in Spain has traditionally focused on claiming basic rights such as accessibility, personal assistance or inclusive education. However, we are witnessing a change in the repertoire in its forms of enunciation and mobilization, in which sexuality acquires a central place, becoming the nucleus of epistemic production, political practice and identity construction for people with functional diversity. There are three areas in which this process has a special impact, and a privileged context for its verification and analysis: the city of Barcelona in the second decade of the 21st century.

In order to justify the existence of a change in repertoire, it is necessary to draw a genealogy of the Spanish independent life movement, and more specifically that of Catalan, that allows locating its origins and most relevant contributions, both in the activist and institutional fields. Consequently, this chapter begins by explaining the transition from the medical model of disability to the model of diversity, paying special attention to the impact of this paradigm shift in the city of Barcelona. Subsequently, we delve into “the repertoire change” of functional diversity activism, describing the three areas in which we identify its greatest impact: the discussion on sexual assistance; artistic projects on functional diversity and sexuality; and crippled-transfeminist alliances. Finally, I propose the articulation of these struggles, the transits between the material and the symbolic that can lead to the affirmation that “sex is political”.

García-Santesmases Fernández, Andrea (2021). Lo sexual es político: el cambio de repertorio en el activismo de la diversidad funcional. En Pié Balaguer, Asun y Planella Ribera, Jordi (2021). Corpografías de la discapacidad. ¿Puede la pedagogía escapar del cuerpo? Buenos Aires: Lugar Editorial.