Aug. 9th, 2011

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I'm increasingly skeptical of ableism as a term applied to neurodivergence just because honestly? Half the time the problem isn't that you're less capable, or that your ability levels are impaired or anything, it's that your brain works in dramatically different ways and people are shit to you about that.  I really can't think of the general oppression of borderlineness as ableism, it's not "You need to have stable relationships and identities? What? You can't do that? Well then you suck"; it's "You are inherently abusive so we're totally justified in abusing you back to keep other people safe" sort of shit.  Honestly that stuff feels more like my oppression for transness then my oppression for the "can't function worth shit" half of my autism.

Not to mention the number of times I've seen "disability" framed as "physical disability".  Honestly I hardly have much at all in common with physically disabled people, I mean except when I have weird muscle weakness/soreness and can't sit up comfortably.  And okay, the needing constant support for other people and being completely unable to function in society.  But still.  So I'm probably not going to stop calling this stuff ableism, I'm just... likely to be more specific because ableism is pretty fucking diverse.

It reminds me a bit of the situation with "queer"/QUILTBAG/GSM/etc; huge amounts of shit gets lumped together that I honestly think shouldn't be.


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