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This chapter addresses the reasons why Sweden and Denmark are so different when it comes to policies and practices pertaining to sexuality and disability. Three factors are highlighted in accounting for the difference: historical and cultural differences that structure the relationship between the individual and the state; the different nature and reach of feminist discourse in the two countries during the past forty years; and the role that individual actors have played in either promoting or downplaying the role of facilitation in the sexual lives of adults with disabilities. By examining each of those factors, the chapter shows how the divergences documented in the book are tied to broader cultural, political, and practical forces that extend far beyond specific concerns related to disability and sexuality.

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