Sometimes, we like to shamelessly re-blog what other groups and sites have written, and post them in one big round-up of material. This is the first such roundup.
Neurodivergent Sexuality Tumblr rocks our world for challenging the desexualization of freaks with their frank celebration of hot, steamy freak sex. Blog posts on consent, fetish, freak GLBTs, etc abound. Good times. We’d like to affirm the right of freak adults to give their legal consent; we have the right to make decisions about our bodies. No means no, and yes means yes.
The Common Cause anarchist collective released this video about ableism- in a world where too many anarchist and radical groups mention ableism only in passing, or, worse yet, flagrantly engage in it as a matter of course, it is refreshing and empowering to hear Common Cause discuss it- and their insights are keen, on the role of disabled workers in class relations, on the need for self-critique by radicals, and so much more. Bravo.
This post from Incorrect Pleasures, recently re-blogged at Shift, asks: How far can autistic [or indeed, any freak] culture develop, without excluding NTs? On our facebook page, it started a full-fledged discussion about freak-centric communes and enclaves. As one FLFer said: “I inhabit a lot of spectrums and it is apparent to me that if NTs are around, the NeuroDifferent are invariably seen in relation and comparison to them…and that is a problem.”
The Loud Hands Project aims to promote autistic self-expression and self-advocacy, and that’s awesome.
We mentioned it once before, but: Occupy Psychiatry. Oh yes. Oh, yes indeed.
Faith Rhyne keeps ‘Cloud Calling’. It is a blog. A blog….. of madness! And, other stuff. It’s a good thing.
The Occupy Psychopaths video disgusts me. If you haven’t seen it, it’s a couple of minutes of some (most likely neurotypical) amateur psychiatrist explaining how the real problem with the world is…. psychopaths! They’re apparently getting into power and manipulating people and how We have to be vigilant against Them or They will win and We must know how They operate to root Them out. The whole video basically devolved into a conspiracy theory and a call for a witch-hunt, the sort of rhetoric you’d expect from a white supremacist talking about zionist bankers.
People need to stop using neurodivergent mental conditions as a cheap pejorative to attack their political opponents. I know, it feels satisfying for a normie to call the social elite psychopaths, for roughly the same reason it feels satisfying to say that neoclassical economists have an ‘autistic’ mindset and need ‘post-autistic’ economics. You can get out what you want to say about your political opponents in an insulting way that expresses your dislike of them and, more importantly, delegitimizes their viewpoint, not by showing it to be wrong, but by putting them in the loony bin. This sort of tactic comes in two forms. The first is using a neurodivergent status as an insult; saying that the system is crazy or that we have autistic economics or that the policy is retarded. This is not acceptable- it’s using people as an insult. When you use that rhetoric, you make the neurodivergent people, from manic-depressive to autistic to Downs syndrome, feel unwelcome and hostile in the movement. It’s a clear signal to us- freaks are bad, and are not wanted; we use your conditions as an insult.
The second form is scapegoating- taking a complex, structural social injustice, and literally blaming it on neurodivergent people. That’s what Occupy Psychopathy does. It’s basically a bunch of NTs seeing other NTs acting in a horrible way, and assuming that they must be non-NT- because no normy could ever act in a callous, unempathetic, exploitative way!
It’s not only inaccurate and offensive, it’s counterproductive. Corporations act in the way they do because it is most profitable- and they do what is most profitable without concern for people because the law requires them to, because a caste of economic technocrats glorify cutthroat profit making and tell us that this sort of activity really ends up making everyone better off, because they don’t know the people they’re hurting, and because they’re paid very well to maximize profit. These are complex social causes, rooted in the development of whole societies, not infiltration of society by ‘psychopaths’, ‘sociopaths’, or people with ASPD. Until we recognize that this is a systemic problem, and that complex causes, not least of which is the nature of power itself, lead to this sort of behavior, we won’t find solutions. We’ll keep having powerful people doing horrible things, people calling them psychopathic, and nobody bothering to understand, why people in power keep doing these things or how the system of social privilege and power really works. The oppression continues, and the grease in its gears, keeping it running and deflecting real social criticism, is mentalism. The problem isn’t mad people getting power- the problem is the abusive, wrongful, dehumanizing nature of power.
Instead of Occupying Psychopaths, we suggest Occupying Psychiatry: