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My Vote of Zero Confidence (and Zero-Confidence!) in Your Disabled Community

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PREFATORY NOTE FROM A SHAMELESSLY UNREPENTANT DIVERGENIK

For some disabled individuals, the 'New Orthodoxy' surrounding neurodivergence is difficult to bear. The 'neurological bargain' (by way of a rather loose analogy with Deniz Kandiyoti's 'patriarchal bargain') is: 'you may indeed be neurodivergent, but only neurodivergent as I command it.'

Thus, as a neurodivergent individual, I am free to identify as neurodivergent, provide I agree to be assimilated in the cozy, warm, cuddly world of Neurodiversity. The Golden Kingdom of Neurodiversity is optimistic, sunny, and most of all, flamboyantly sexy.

However:

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I, for one, am not Neurodiversity.

I am Neurodivergence.

That is pain, it is fear, and it is most of all:

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Ambivalence.

An idiot must never be too savant...

MANIFESTO WITHOUT A SIGNATURE

I hereby declare the revocation of the oath I never swore...

The oath to eternal fidelity to your 'Disabled Community.'

Rather as 'Our Common Humanity' is not so common, (no more so than 'common sense!') I declare that 'Your Common Disabled-Man-ity' is also not so common.

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Not common to me; for this is what counts, in the last instance!

And the first.

And everything in between.

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