She was a speaker at their conference earlier this month in San Diego where she broke through conservative boundaries to talk the ins and outs of sex, intimacy, and lovemaking with the various limitations that may come with life as a person of short stature.
’ There was a gap that may occur in that development where some maturity is not had.” Sixty-seven percent of the Little People in Naccarato’s studies who could not reach their genitals felt that sex was very important.
“[I’ve heard] everything under the sun about how we can better our lives and how we can help each other understand adaptive tips and things, but no one talks about sex.
They will talk about marriage, they will talk about relationships, or parenting, or adopting, or having children—medical aspects, social aspects.”“Take any medical issue, a disability of some sort, or some kind of spinal cord injury–until recently, they [would not talk] to you about sex,” she laments.
On average, they are 4 feet tall with a wide range of difficulty in medical conditions.“When I speak regarding Little People,” Naccarato says, “there are Little People who don’t consider themselves disabled because they don’t have any really strong physical limitation—but most Little People do.
There is a variety, a spectrum.” Some have no medical limitations—they are just short. Typical issues that affect sex and sexuality include arms that are too short to reach and touch one’s genitals, hip rotation limitations that prevent the possibility of straddling, and severe spinal stenosis that can often result in paralysis from the waist down.“I have been involved with Little People of America since I was 9 years old and I have attended numerous conferences and workshops,” Naccarato says.