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Event Date: 9 March EB302

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Women’s Academic Network, the British Society of Criminology & Bournemouth University’s Centre for Seldom Heard Voices present research by Dr Hannah Mason-Bish at University of Sussex.

Hannah’s presentation will take place on Monday 9 March on the Lansdowne site in EB302, from 1-2pm.

Title: Private places, public spaces: How Disabled Women and Non-binary people experience non-consensual touching

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This presentation aims to explore the way that disabled women experience physical touching by strangers when out in public spaces. It emerged from Hannah’s research on gendered hate crime and increased government attention which has largely focussed on the ubiquity of street harassment, catcalling and sexual intrusions by strangers. However, much literature and research on this is not intersectional and instead focuses particularly on the experiences of non-disabled white women. What scant literature does exist around disabled women has generally focused on the absence of street harassment and been framed around the notion of the disabled body as sexless and devoid of sexual attention (Whaley, 2016). These ideas will be explored by discussing the forthcoming project of the author which involves life story interviews with disabled women.

Specifically, the presentation will explore the nature of non-consensual touching in public and how it might be intrusive, unwanted or violent. Furthermore, it will explore the ways in which this might impact on or limit the freedom of movement that disabled women have. The aim of this is to then begin to draw out the deeper phenomenological impacts that this has on them as disabled women and their identities.

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Dr Hannah Mason-Bish is a Criminologist and Director of the Centre for Gender Studies at the University of Sussex. She specialises in researching hate crime policy, with a focus on gender and disability. Her current research project examines how disabled women experience non-consensual touching when navigating public spaces.

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