4:53 Aug 13th, 2014 | 13 notes
You know, about assistive technology being something anyone should be able to use if they want it… I never got what the difference was between canes and walking sticks? Like having a walking stick is cool, if you’re a kid going on a hike, but having a cane is seen as either tragic, or malingering or something… (which makes no sense, because a person actually malingering wouldn’t be using a mobility aid to help them hike in the first place, if I’m using the word right…)
And sometimes the only difference between the two is how they look. Our housemate& have a walking stick that they use as a mobility aid when we drive out to the San Bernardino Mountains, and we used it as a mobility aid too when we injured our knee once. (We ended up buying a regular cane but only because the stick didn’t work well for the type of injury we had, we needed something we could lean most of our weight on.)
Seeking attention…4:13 Aug 13th, 2014 | 39 notes
Yeah, it’s like “This person is seeking attention, which is a bad thing, as opposed to ME, WHO IS VERY OBVIOUSLY NOT SEEKING ATTENTION AND THIS IS A GOOD THING, I VERY CLEARLY HAVE MORAL SUPERIORITY HERE UNLIKE THIS CRAZY AND/OR STUPID PERSON WHO IS SEEKING ATTENTION. OH AND YOU CANNOT SELF-DIAGNOSE/THIS PERSON IS CLEARLY DELUSIONAL, HERE IS SOME OF MY EXPERT PSYCHOLOGY KNOWLEGE TO PROVE IT.”
And the culture we live in expects you to think that… this is not seeking attention. At all. In any shape or form.
(Seriously, though? We’ve seen more than our share of people who seemed to REALLY want credit— aka attention— for bringing This Crazy New Subculture, which is probably not new at all, or This Crazy Person, who is probably not harming anyone, to the awareness of people in places where mass snarking will ensue.)
ETA: And honestly, I actually find “I have this weird experience/identity. Has anyone else experienced it?” more genuinely interesting than people tweeting what they ate at every single meal. But there’s an audience for the latter, so I’m not knocking it, I’m just not really INTERESTED.
ETA 2: Also, cat pictures. Most socially accepted form of attention seeking ever, nowadays, apparently, unless you’re some kind of hipster who hates anything that is widely liked or is not “ironic.” (Though we are interested in those. Cat pictures, I mean, not hipsters who are like “it’s popular so it sucks and I’m too ironic and intellectual for it.”)
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3:40 Aug 13th, 2014 | 1,167 notes
They have catnip toys shaped like oldschool Nintendo controllers. I want!
2:55 Aug 13th, 2014 | 17 notes
Yeeeaaaahhh, if even *professors* have a difficult time getting through it, that’s… not a good thing, and makes me wonder why that style of writing exists to begin with. I know youneedacat has talked about hir experiences with people who insist that using terms like postmodern, critical theory, etc, is “just using these words to silence people who talk about their own experiences,” when hir experience- and ours as well— involved learning terms like critical theory from people who were *deeply into it,* sometimes to a perseverative extent. (This is part of why I think there’s definitely value in recognizing different types of autistic cognition, people just need to get past the idea that they have to do with whether you can talk or not— some of the people we’ve known who were most intensely perseverative about certain kinds of academic theory and ideology were autistic. And that’s a cognitive style which doesn’t mesh with ours well at all, and is in some cases the total opposite of it.)
…that being the case, I also wish to gods people would stop assuming that nonbinary gender identities are always based in some kind of academic ideology rather than an intuitive sense that what you’re seen/addressed as isn’t right for you. *thud.* All the “U TRANSTRENDER, U MUST HAVE READ FOUCAULT AND THINK UR IDENTITY IS SO TRENDY” stuff also often seems to be tied in with “well, being binary trans is okay BECAUSE SCIENCE” ideologies.
And when we’ve tried to pick apart writing that our brain has a really hard time getting through, like the infamous (in-system, anyway) “Rhetorical Gendering of Autism” paper, what we do get out of it, when it’s stripped down to the most basic concepts, is… things that are pretty obvious to us, drawn out into long-winded impenetrable language.
(…I’ve also read some postmodern writing on plurality, both dissociative and non-dissociative. Couldn’t make heads or tails of it. :p)
Asking again:2:31 Aug 13th, 2014 | 25 notes
Disabled People Don’t Exercise Enough. Gee, I Wonder Why.2:27 Aug 13th, 2014 | 13 notes
Holmes’ Principles of Physical Geology (via earthsci-studynotes)
(…or any gender pronoun, really. Not really in a state where I feel like going through and correcting archaic language from standards of previous eras, right now. -j): 4:39 Aug 10th, 2014 | 103 notes
To the geologist a rock is more than an aggregate of minerals, it is a page of the Earth’s autobiography with a story to unfold, if only he can read the language in which the record is written.