By 19, she’d fallen into a pattern of only making out with men when she was drunk.In university, she would panic when someone showed interest in her at a bar.” stress that follows a blind date or the “is-she-into-it? Imagine revealing a hidden physical disability to a date for the first time.Finding a caregiver who can operate your vibrator for you, or readjust your limbs (and sometimes those of your partner) into the correct positions so you’re comfortable and don’t get pressure sores.Thanks to her mother, who had always been open and positive about sex, Trace applied at Venus Envy when she was 22 and was hired.Around the same time, she began masturbating more and figuring out what worked for her body.
Still, that confidence didn’t translate to her day-to-day life outside the pool.
“It looks like I was designed to have one leg, like a mermaid’s body,” she says.
Dixon looks every bit the poised, self-possessed Olympian, and she was—except for one area of her life in which she felt painfully insecure.
“So I did what a lot of marginalized people do—I pretended I wasn’t different.” Related: By the time she was ready to be sexually active, Trace was no longer in a wheelchair.
But she was using two canes to walk, and still had to contend with bladder and bowel issues.
” Dating and sex are complicated under the best of circumstances.