This, this, thisssssss.
This, this, thisssssss.
— Stephen Scobie, on the Naropa Institute’s 1994 tribute to Allen Ginsberg (via fuckyeahbeatniks)
Remember that petition about organ transplants being denied for autistic people that was going around about 2 weeks ago?
During those two weeks, it’s gotten maybe 2,000 signatures.
In the next 4 days (by Friday, December 14th) it needs 16,457 more.
Or it doesn’t pass.
We have until December 14 to get 25,000 signatures on it. You need to live in the USA, and you should seriously sign, signal boost, tumblr bomb, anything you can. Lives are on the line- lives of people like me.
Um, do people not understand that this so so people with autism can get life-saving organ transplants, instead of given a death sentence on the grounds that our lives are inherently worthless?
Do you think this doesn’t happen to young adults?
Do you think this doesn’t happen to children with various developmental disorders?
Do you think this doesn’t happen to adults with Down’s Syndrome?
“Contraindicated.” That quite literally means that they considered saving a cognitively impaired person’s life HARMFUL.
The more I think about it, the more I really love Joan Watson’s job.
For two reasons, and both are because her being paid for putting up with his shit explicitly identifies his shit as something one shouldn’t normally have to put up with without incentive, just as part of a friendship.
First, she is the first Watson that I know of who isn’t just tolerating his crap out of a sense of friendship. She is paid, it is her job - and her job isn’t just to sit there and to take it passively but to monitor it and shut him down when necessary. It explicitly separates this kind of behaviour from a lovely perfect friendship - she can become his friend, and surely will, but his abusive crap is not part and parcel of the friendship that she just accepts - it is a symptom and a problem and something she is there to help solve. It normalizes neither his behaviour nor her tolerance and it doesn’t paint her tolerance as just self-sacrifice. Because it isn’t okay to deal with that level of crap from a friend; no one deserves that.
Second, it means it isn’t yet another narrative of the long-suffering martyr of a neurotypical ‘friend’ putting up with their neurodivergent companion. Because you know what? People do not ’put up’ with us. They treat us like shit regularly. And even a show like BBC Sherlock that shows what a dick Watson can be doesn’t seem to realise what it is showing and the showrunners and especially a fandom buy into this martyr trope for John.* This martyr trope that, not to put too fine a point on it, gets people like us killed whilst our murderers get sympathy because really we were so difficult. This trope that gets us abused - I mean if you are calling me heartless and sociopathic and then occasionally going gosh you really have feelings what a revelation when I cry over my cat’s illness, this is not you putting up with my cold, mean, awfulness, but you being abusive.**
Really, NTs do not put up with us nearly as much as they think - really a lot of it is the other way around and although the show that shows that may not be made in my lifetime, at least this one isn’t, so far, supporting that dangerous narrative where neurotypicals are victimized by our presence but because they are so lovely let us be our difficult awful selves and aren’t they so wonderful for doing that.
*(Yes he has PTSD but the way he is treated by the narrative explicitly situates him as the ‘normal’ one in the partnership so for these purposes he counts for that.)
*This goes out to an ex-boyfriend of mine, fuck you D.
Folks, a 23-year-old autistic man named Paul Corby is being denied a heart transplant - simply because he has autism. The doctor expressed more interest in the fact that he could not name all his medications (of which he takes 19), and the the fact that he carries a Princess Peach doll for comfort - than the fact that he has never smoked or drank alcohol. This is discrimination, pure and simple - and this cannot stand.
Please sign the petition, so that he can get the heart transplant that he needs. And please reblog - so that this can reach as many people as possible.
here’s your daily reminder that “sociopath” is not a word for “bad person who does bad things”, so please don’t use it as such
#also for reference it is not an actual diagnosis #its a way of pathologizing people society deems unacceptable#and is actually often used to villainize folks on the autistic spectrum #things to think about
Yep, pretty much.
[content notes: racism, classism, ableism and discussion thereof.]
A japanese ice-cream vending machine! with crazy flavors such as purple sweet potato, almond jelly, pudding, lavender, and “full maturity melon.”
I kind of want to try these now x3
bet people wouldn’t be describing the ice cream flavours as ~crazy~ if they were a) named in French and b) served in a French restaurant all dainty-do and mango coulis
BECAUSE THEN IT WOULD BE ~*~*AVANT GARDE MODERN CUISINE~*~* blobviously
To be honest, some people would. It’d be a completely different thing, though, because it would be mostly completely different people who would be calling it crazy: it wouldn’t be ‘oh, those crazy Japanese, lol, isn’t this amazing’, it’d be more like ‘those crazy gourmet nuts, who the fuck eats ice cream like that?’ Which would make it’d be more of a class/artisan tension thing. And of course it would still a race thing, because the reason it would be reading as a class/artisan thing is because reframing it and renaming it as something that gets read as ‘white people food’ DOES mean people react differently.
Long story short: exoticising foods from other countries is skeezy and is a thing you are doing when you go ‘so many crazy flavors!’ at things like. Normalising food because it came from a background that is, well, white is also skeezy and is also a thing people do.
(Seriously, I’m at the point where I want to punch people over stuff like this all the time and it’s not even aggression in my direction since I’m, um, just a white chick who likes a lot of foods and is just fucking tired of hearing about how ~wacky~ some of them are.)
Not to mention there’s all the ableist aspects of referring to food one finds odd as “crazy,” “wacky,” etc — not just weird, puzzling or gross but mentally disturbed.
As a mixed race, third culture kid who grew up with a lot of foods that Westerners (esp. white ones) consider wacky/crazy/gross, and who didn’t grow up with many foods that Westerners consider perfectly normal, I get really frustrated with this mindset. Like, people will make this giant production about how bizarre or gross it is to eat durian, say, or tofu — then turn around and happily chow down on chili cheese fries or whatever. I promise, it’s just as weird if you didn’t grow up with it! (Possibly even weirder, given the possible conflicts with religious dietary restrictions and so on.)
I’m aware there are regional Western foods that are subject to a certain amount of confusion or ridicule from other Westerners as well — haggis, poutine, etc. — but I only rarely encounter the same kind of prurient vehemence in those discussions as I see in ones about non-Western foods. (And when they do there’s usually some kind of classism, nationalism or other kind of -ism at play, anyway.)
okay i’m really hesitant to make this post! because there has been a lot of shit blowing up in my face. and this in particular is related incidents said by people i consider friends, and it feels like singling out, and that’s not something i want to do! but i still feel like it’s important to remind people that
intelligence is an ableist concept. especially equating “smart” with “good,” that’s ableist and oppressive. talent in certain areas (writing, math, speech, school) is rewarded by society, which lumps all of this general talent into the nebulous category of intelligence. and there’s conventional intelligence, which society rewards you for! it is called a virtue, and it is a privilege.
saying a character is LESS GOOD because they are LESS SMART is playing into this oppressive system. saying other characters are BETTER because they are SMARTER or that SMART = GOOD at all is oppressive.
it is a good idea to talk about how a character behaves badly because of their privilege! or uses their privilege to behave badly or oppress others. it is NOT a good idea to say “people think this character is good because he has this privilege! but really he DOESN’T and THEY DO and he is just a jerk.”
it’s fine if you don’t read a character as especially talented in an area! or as having as much able-bodied privilege as other people do. but PLEASE DO NOT say “they’re not as smart so they’re not as good,” i don’t know if i can say that enough. absolutely able-bodied privilege, conventional intelligence privilege, doesn’t make you a better person! but by the same token, having LESS of that privilege doesn’t make you WORSE.
([TRAUMA] WARNING: discussion of cissexism, cissexist language/slurs, suicide (it gets better campaign), rape apologism, victim-blaming, body-shaming, slut-shaming)
Oh where to start with Dan Savage…
Anon, I live in Seattle. Dan Savage writes for a local publication here called the Stranger. Seattle seems to have a love-hate relationship with it. I personally, (as a journalism/news media snob) would never read it.
Savage is a gay married man. He is somewhat of a celebrity in the gay community. I say gay instead of queer because he does not always acknowledge all facets of our community.
He and his husband started the It Gets Better project, which has helped many queer youth swerve away from the suicidal path.
So he has done some really awesome things. Personally, as a journalist, I do not think that his articles are as awesome as people seem to think. He is harsh and rude for no reason. He crosses the line between forceful opinionated journalism, and mirrors the conservatives he so publicly loathes in his close minded opinions and unwillingness to hear multiple sides of a story that challenges his almighty opinion.
Oh and my favorite thing about Dan Savage is he tends to sway on the side of “they asked for it” when it comes to rape victims and slut shaming. Just the topper on the cake.
Again, these are all my personal opinions. For all of Savage’s links here are his column links.
Scrappy (blogger/PQ guest writer)
I agree with Scrappy on this topic, anon. While Dan Savage has done AMAZING things for the gay and lesbian community, he DOES exclude or outright INSULT many minorities within the queer community - namely bisexuals, pansexuals, and those in the trans* community.
Sources for these accusations are located here:
He HAS also been accused (a number of times) for being a rape apologist, slut-shamer, AND racist.
Sources for these accusations follow:
While I think that the It Gets Better Campaign is a well-meaning project, it DOES offer false hopes to some - especially if members of the community are excluded/ignored.
QueerWatch discusses this much further here: http://queerwatch.tumblr.com/post/1238368677/why-i-dont-like-dan-savages-it-gets-better
When these accusations are brought to his attention he either does not respond or reiterate the fact that most of his worst statements occurred a number of years ago. The problem is: IT IS A RE-OCCURRING ISSUE.
His most recent bout of news: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/02/dan-savage-glitterbombed-oregon-transphobia-_n_1071627.html
And, lastly… if anyone is interested, there is also a tumblr just for Dan Savage regarding all the aforementioned topics: http://fucknodansavage.tumblr.com/
I hope that answers your question, anon. Good day to you. <3
Riley (PQ creator/editor)
P.S. If you would like to see videos of Dan Savage actually SAYING these things, simply type things like ‘Dan Savage biphobia’, ‘Dan Savage cissexism’, etc. into youtube’s search engine.
The resources are endless really…
Basically, not at all a credible spokesperson for anti-bullying or for a sizable portion of the queer community.
ooh, lots of links on Dan Savage’s awfulness compiled into one easy-to-reblog thing!
I won’t deny that reading Savage’s columns helped me get sexuality stuff straightened out in my head, but even before I got to be familiar enough with social justice concepts (and patterns of privileged thinking) so many of his columns made me incredibly uncomfortable … and now, urgh.
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