February 25, 2024

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Devotees: The secret world of people with a fetish for disabilities


A writer and accessibility consultant has devled into the underground world of those with fetishes for people with disabilities.

Emily Yates, who uses a wheelchair due to her cerebral palsy, was first confronted with the idea of so-called “devotees” in 2011 when a friend commented that she was a “pretty cripple” under her photo on Facebook. 

Ms Yates, 24, has since explored the scene in BBC Three’s Meet the Devotees: The People Turned on by Disability.

The writer is shown meeting both disabled people who film pornography as well as the devotees who watch it. This includes so-called “bad devs” who enjoy watching those with disabilities struggling with daily tasks. 

As part of the documentary, Ms Yates films herself moving from her wheelchair to her car to test the reactions of “bad devs”. The video was viewed over 4,000 times. 

Ms Yates also interviews devotees who cannot be sexually satisfied by able-bodied partners.

Writing about her experiences on the BBC News website, she said she was “shocked” and “hurt” to be described as a “pretty cripple”. 

“[I] was even more offended when I later discovered that, to some, it was the biggest gesture of admiration he could have given me,” she wrote.

“After an angry Facebook rant, I found myself being introduced to a community of people who are sexually aroused, and attracted to, disability as friends pointed me towards some websites about people known as devotees.”

Ms Yates said she found the websites exposed her to “pretty dark stuff” but that she surprised that she “found it strangely refreshing at times” to find a community where people would “love and accept every little bit of me”. 

The freelance travel writer who is currently advising on inclusion in the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games also met a sex worker who broke her back and became reliant on a wheelchair.

Leah Caprice shows Ms Yates one of her videos in the documentary. The footage depicts Ms Caprice revealing her bra to the camera while sat in a wheelchair, before removing it from under her top. 

“I wanted them to see a girl in a wheelchair flashing is just as sexy as a girl who can walk getting naked in public,” Leah tells Ms Yates.

But she said that as she delved deeper she became “wary” and concerned the attraction “was more about vulnerability and power” 

One devotees she met named Gary told her he viewed leg-braces and wheelchairs like others see party dresses. 

“I think there’s also a problem when you fetishise something, that it can hamper you from having feelings for the full person,” wrote Ms Yates. 



2 thoughts on “Devotees: The secret world of people with a fetish for disabilities

  1. “Where the hell have you been?”
    I was certain that The Commissioner had got ya – 302 on the list + me = 303.
    Meanwhile back at the ranch – some of us have been busy –
    Brussels bombing – who-dun-it
    a) The establishment trying to scare the EU Member countries into not leaving the EU Group … * Daily Mail – video titled – Chilling footage taken seconds after Brussels Airport blast:
    Notice the man laying on his stomach – partially hidden by a trolly – he gets up & picks up a baby which was lying face down underneath him – the baby is not screaming it’s head off as a living infant would be – the baby is very small & needs to be held a little more securly – the baby is actually a doll – watch the footage in slow motion – a female would spot it in a moment.
    b) The Wealth & Power of Europe – sending a message to the EU Leaders that they will not be looted by the EU Austerity brigade.
    c) Thrill seeking vandals.
    Have you been on holidays?

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