Marylou Naccarato was an agent for the Internal Revenue Service for decades before she became a clinical sexologist. 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. Born and raised in Los Angeles to a Sicilian Catholic father and a Moroccan Jewish mother, Naccarato found herself in the sex counseling and education field by accident. Although she was working for the IRS, she had always wanted to be a social worker, until one night when she watched a program on sexual health on a cable network. Married to an average-sized man at the time, Naccarato and her husband adapted their sex lives because she had issues with her hip—like most Little People do—leading to issues with straddling.
I'm a Little Person. My Husband Is Average Height. This Is How We Have Sex
Dwarfism - Wikipedia
Midget , in human anatomy, a person of very small stature whose bodily proportions, intelligence, and sexual development are within the normal range. Diminutive stature occurs sporadically in families the rest of whose members are of ordinary size. The children of midgets are usually of ordinary height and proportions. This term is often considered pejorative; the term proportionate dwarf is now preferred.
The Challenges of Having Sex as a Little Person
Average-height people have historically treated little people like curiosities. Yet, while average-statured people often cast little people who are also sometimes referred to as dwarfs or people of short stature as undesirable, this stigma is often tinged with sensationalized interest in how sex works for them and what sex with them might be like. The most common cause of short stature, a genetic condition called achondroplasia , for example, often leads people to develop average-size torsos, shorter-than-average limbs, and larger-than-average heads, as well as curved spines and back pain, bowed legs, and stiff elbows. Growth hormone deficiencies can cause short stature as well, but people with this condition will have uniformly smaller-than-average body parts.
Dwarfism occurs when an organism is extremely small. In cases of proportionate dwarfism, both the limbs and torso are unusually small. Intelligence is usually normal, and most have a nearly normal life expectancy. Those with genetic disorders can sometimes be treated with surgery or physical therapy.