Monday, December 9, 2019

Comments by kujaku13

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  • Oldhead, I was responding to Sylvain’s assertion that there is conflict between the LGBT+ and queer communities and psychiatric survivor communities. Rather, there is a great degree of overlap. I suspect Sylvain misread or misunderstood part of the original article in stating that.

    Quite frankly, there is more conflict between the self-identified queer community and LGBT+ people who object to reclaiming that slur than there is between LGBT+ or queer people and non-LGBT+ or -queer psychiatric survivors.

  • It’s nice to see someone with similar experiences and a similar worldview to my own commenting here. I am allistic, but due to early childhood trauma, my brain functions very differently than what is considered normative in my culture. I am also queer and trans.

    The older I get, the more certain I am that, just as I only ever feel unhappy about being queer and trans because of how badly other people treat me for those identities, I similarly only feel unhappy about my mental differences because I am marginalized and stigmatized for them.

    If people like us weren’t raised to believe we are fundamentally broken, we would not be unhappy with who we are.

    Western culture desperately needs to move on from its obsession with normativity and its need to force everyone into a single way of being. Both cause nothing but harm to neurodivergent people.

  • I agree. And I find the defensive replies some people have made to your incredible apt comment extremely frustrating.

    It doesn’t matter if the author is a personal acquaintance whom someone wants to think the best of. This article is written in a way that is potentially quite harmful to autistic people. That is all that is relevant here.

  • As someone who is trans, queer and mentally ill, I have personally experienced some of that harm from the larger queer and trans communities, as have a number of people I know who share those intersections of oppression. You’re so right—everyone loses when survivors are stigmatized, silenced and ignored. I deeply hope this will begin to change in the near future.

  • I feel I must also point out that, moving as many people find Shylock’s speech, his character is ultimately an anti-Semitic trope, written by a goyische man in a time period during which Jews were still often believed to be witches, were blamed for poisoning wells to start plagues, etc.

    As a Jewish person, I hope you can appreciate my skepticism that Shylock’s monologue is a good example of a marginalized person demanding his personhood be recognized. After all, he isn’t a real Jewish man. He is a goyische man’s idea how what a Jewish man might be like, and from the 1500s on top of that.

    I assure you that a great many Jewish people have written much more truthfully and realistically about their experiences of systemic oppression. If you wish to use Jewish people to exemplify your point, please choose a real Jewish person’s words, rather than those of a fictional character written by someone who was not a Jew. Thanks.

  • *transgender

    Most trans people are not transsexual.

    The author did not say that LGBT+ and queer people are in conflict with psychiatric survivors. She said that there is surprisingly little overlap between the activist communities, despite significant numbers of LGBT+ and queer people experiencing abuse and trauma, and thus, psychological distress.

    I’m not quite clear how your comment relates to the topic the author has written about. There is no conflict between these communities. Only a lack of communication, when better communication could help all LGBT+ and queer survivors and all psychiatric survivors.

    As a trans and queer person, I very much agree with what the author has said. There is not enough communication and interaction between anti-psychiatry activists, survivors and LGBT+ & queer people in Canada either.

    As a trans, queer abuse survivor, I hope this will change. I see evidence in my online and offline communities that there is movement towards more open communication between these groups happening already. I find that extremely heartening. I look forward to seeing these activist groups working increasingly in tandem, hopefully in the near future.