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This chapter traces the historical roots of disability activism and caring practices in Denmark and Sweden. It documents how the two countries came to diverge on the issue of sexuality and disability. In both Denmark and Sweden, what is known as the “normalization principle” guided reforms and legislation from the 1950s onward. But whereas Danes, over the years, came to debate a wide range of ethical, legal, and political problems concerning sexual education and sexual assistance, Swedes, having recognized sexuality and disability as a “problem,” went on to largely ignore it, especially in relation to congenital disabilities.

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