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

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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.


I, for one, am not Neurodiversity.

I am Neurodivergence.

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


An idiot must never be too savant...


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.

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

And the first.

And everything in between.

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