I came across a meme the other day created from a tumblr post. It’s not the first time that I have encountered this particular sentiment, but I wanted to address this topic because I’m tired of seeing sentiments like the one I saw in that particular meme.
[CN: Sanism] I hear/read this comment a lot: “There’s no such thing as normal!” On one hand, the people who make that comment are correct: “Normal” is a completely socially constructed concept. What is considered to be normal varies from place to place, so “normal” isn’t a thing that objectively exists.
It’s happened again. A young woman is dead. Her mother is her murderer. Instead of widespread condemnation, media reports have focused on how the victim was a burden and the murderer was a “model mother”.
Predictably, comments about this have included the usual rhetoric about shoes, services, and every other excuse available.
I made a meme which I planned to share on my Facebook page. As I was uploading it, it occurred to me that some people might misconstrue the words.
Sometimes I do need to disconnect so that I can reconnect. This does is not because I disapprove of social media, or the way in which people use technology.
This is something that is beginning to evoke an almost physical response in me: “People who identify as…”
I see it a lot in discussions about gender when people say “people who identify as a different gender to the one they were assigned at birth”. I have also seen it when people say “people who identify as autistic”.
[CN: pathologisation of homosexuality and autism, erasure, liub]
Do you ever get that itchy feeling in your brain where you know that there’s an idea just under the surface of consciousness, but you can’t quite connect the dots?
The first little itch happened last year while I was reading about the historical pathologisation of homosexuality.