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3 Links I found really interesting!

James Sheldon: Intelligence as a Compliment, Stupid as an Insult: Rethinking Normal, Rethinking Attraction, Rethinking Society.

The question, though, that I have for geeks is … can you give up your need to have been right, the self-righteousness that comes with putting down those who were putting you down all those years for being geeky? And what are the consequences that come with attempting to judge others’ intelligence. Many people process information differently or have different perceptions than you do. And there’s a long history in our society of those people being marginalized and oppressed for being that way.

Ta-Nehisi Coates at the Atlantic: Through the Lens of Disability

But here is what I think: so much social justice writing is about what society owes those who we perceive as getting the short of end of the stick. It's called social justice for a reason. But what I like about this post is that it isn't simply about what the world should do about physical disability, but how a physical disability shaped a person's life, regardless of societal responsibility.

Tim Chevalier at Geek Feminism: Being a Better Ally to Trans People

Sometimes claims that trans people are “unnatural” are really claims that trans people are some sort of modern creation of medical technology, as if we didn’t exist before medical interventions that sometimes make our lives easier existed.

Date: 2012-12-28 10:26 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] jesse_the_k
You have the bestest links!

Date: 2012-12-28 10:53 pm (UTC)
kaz: "Kaz" written in cursive with a white quill that is dissolving into (badly drawn in Photoshop) butterflies. (Default)
From: [personal profile] kaz
Thanks for the links!

Ta-Nehisi Coates' post's first comment is from a stutterer and I just kind of want to hug him and go YAY HOORAY OMG I AM NOT THE ONLY ONE THINKING OF THIS FROM A DISABILITY ANGLE. >>

Date: 2012-12-29 01:29 am (UTC)
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I thought of you when I saw that!

That comment thread is...interesting.

I feel bad for having mixed feelings about this, but it's kind of frustrating to me to see people being all 'oh, I guess, like, disability might matter or something and maybe we should talk about it' when people have been talking about it for so long with no one listening.

Date: 2012-12-30 12:09 am (UTC)
kaz: "Kaz" written in cursive with a white quill that is dissolving into (badly drawn in Photoshop) butterflies. (Default)
From: [personal profile] kaz
Yeeaaah.

And it's... idk if this makes sense but, I'm sort of having trouble with the distinction Ta-Nehisi Coates is drawing between disability as a different world-view and experience vs disability as a social justice issue? Because yes, I have a very different life experience from a CND person and view the world through the lens of disability, but then often a large part of that is that I have to contend with ableism where CND people don't. Which is evident in people's responses as well? Like, other person who stutters talks about how "stuttering also provides a continual motivation to prove yourself not an idiot" and what that's meant for his life, which is all tangled up in the ableism inherent in thinking anyone with a speech disorder is stupid (which in turn is tangled up with the ableism inherent in the concept of "stupid", for that matter). And I'm not sure about addressing ableism without addressing the fact that disabled people often have a very different view on life because of their experiences, because people ignoring that accounts for a significant chunk of ableism. Or am I reading this discussion wrong?

Date: 2012-12-31 04:16 pm (UTC)
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Yes, this makes total sense to me. I think he's creating an artificial divide here and I'm having some trouble articulate what about his post is sitting uneasy with me, but this is definitely a part of it.

stuff I didn't even know I didn't know!

Date: 2012-12-31 09:13 am (UTC)
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I know, right? And sometimes that's the stuff that is the most important to learn, Especially before you realize exactly how much broader a topic/area is than you realized.

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