In my previous post, I added a poll that was subsequently linked to separately. Now, whilst this poll does not follow any scientific protocol in order to prevent idiots trying to rig the results, I think that a singular poll from someone that the mainstream passives are trying their best to ignore anyway would be deemed unworthy of the effort. Having said that, the results are rather interesting.
Above is a capture from my desktop of the results from this poll as of January 14, 2014. (I plan to keep watching this poll for a while. A long while.) After about a day of operation and being shared amongst people I know online, in other words. I have not voted myself in this poll at all, because I wanted the sample taken to not have me in it. But I find the results very, very interesting.
Because simply asking “do you rock and flap?” does not lead to a very revealing answer, I graduated the positives. Those who answer in a positive manner have the choice of saying anything from “just a bit” to “assloads”. And I also obviously included answers for people who are not on the spectrum (I was feeling very inclusive at the time). These point to how aware they are that autistic people are presently literally expected to rock, flap, and waggle like a joystick. What I found interesting was that a total of thirty-six people have answered. I will sum up what I find really interesting here:
- First and foremost, the two people who answered “none”. As I wrote in my previous post, I have spoken to at least one individual who once served in the armed forces, and has since been told that he is autistic. Out of a pool of 36, that there are two people other than myself who say “none” is quite a high ratio. Especially given how much “we rock, we flap” the people who insist all autistic people are the same carry on with.
- The “we rock, we flap” crowd go on as if they cannot take ten steps without Waggling The Invisible QuickShot™. Yet “more than average”, “average amount”, and “very little” together account for nearly seven times as many people as the answer I especially reserved for the Sequenzias of this world. Buttloads.
- Confirming one of my worst fears is that the second most popular answer in the poll so far is “I am not autistic, and was aware that autistic people are expected to do that”. This confirms everything I have said about how Sequenzia et al are replacing the Rain Man stereotype with a stereotype that grades autistic people by how much Waggling Of The Invisible QuickShot™ they do.
- Together, “less than ‘average’, I guess” and “none” account for 11.12 percent of the autistic population represented in this poll. Given that this is one informal poll on a quiet corner of the Internet, it can hardly be taken as a guide, but it means that I am not alone in being excluded from the Sequenzian definition of autistic.
Then there is a very simple (not really) matter of what the Greek word δημοκρατία, or democracy in modern lettering, means. Unlike what drawling hick fukktars will tell you until their cows come home, democracy is a mode of government designed to balance several factors:
- The people as a collective have a defined set of rights
- Each group of people within the people as a collective have a defined set of rights
- Laws promote balance between the rights of every group of people, and the rights of the people as a collective
There are almost no governments in existence today that can define themselves as a democracy in the eyes of the ancient Greeks who combined two of their words to create δημοκρατία.
The autistic civil rights movement as being led by the likes of Lydia Brown, Amy Sequenzia, et al, is one of the most undemocratic things I have seen and had personal experience with in my lifetime. Even if we discount the “a little” answer and only go with “none”, that is 5.56 percent of the autistic populace being treated as unpeople. Given the reasonable (as opposed to scaremongering) estimate of how many people in the population are autistic, the total is approximately forty-eight million worldwide. 5.56 percent of that equates to 2,668,800 people. That is 2,668,800 people who are being told “you have to rock and flap like your motor control is dangerously stripped down or we will not count you”.
The present-day population of Greece is 10,815,197 (actually, that is the 2011 Census, but never mind). If 601,325 Greek individuals were told by their government that they have to follow an external expectation of what it means to be Greek or else they do not count as Greek, there would be riots. (Oh, and you can put any nationality you want in there, adjusting the figures to suit. Italian, Maltese, Norwegian, Russian, Egyptian, it does not matter. I know of no national group that would tolerate being told they have to act in accordance with someone else’s stereotypical view of them or else be discounted from the populace of that nation.)
By now, if you have read my journal enough, you will have noticed many complaints to the effect that passives are seeking to replace one very nasty and ignorant stereotype of the autistic with one that is more to their liking. The problem being that what is to their liking and what is to the liking of other autistic people, ones who have been denied access to education or encountered very nasty abuse from those society says they should trust (or both in my case), are often two very different things. As a concrete example of this disharmony, maybe you are familiar with the following image:
In an informal assessment of what I then thought were the characters in film that most accurately resemble the autistic by accident, the characters portrayed above by Daryl Hannah and Rutger Hauer, and the group that they are part of, are number one. But nor are they entirely realistic or ideal in terms of representing the autistic spectrum as a whole. Maybe the following image is more harmonious with what I deem to be ideal:
Okay, let me leave out my intense anger that Halle Berry gets cast in anything anymore, for now. Clearly, this image is designed to establish a big pecking order in terms of the cast and characters. It is a very wrong one. X-Men films, the real X-Men films, have so far boiled down to Professor X (Sir Patrick Stewart or James McAvoy) seeking a harmony or peace with the normies that Magneto (Sir Ian McKellen or Michael Fassbender) knows is never going to come without the proper application of force. Essentially, the best scenes entail Magneto paddling Professor X in the face with how right he, Magneto, is. But that is beside the important point here.
With two obvious exceptions, if you look carefully at these cast members, you will see almost no apparent unifying characteristics. Not one culture, one race, or even one sex. In fact, as demonstrated in the original X-Men film, with some exceptions, these Mutants are so indiscernable from the rest of the world that one could leap up on a person who got too invasive, and said ignorant normie asshole would have no idea that they had just messed with the wrong Mutant, or indeed any kind of Mutant.
This is what the autistic civil rights movement as a whole should be pushing into the public eye. Not “we rock, we flap” (aka you rock, you flap). Not Big Stereotype Theory that the normie media threw at us to see if we would bite. An image that demonstrates how difficult it is to tell just by looking at all of us that we are autistic.
Imagine an image like the above, except with the people in it equidistant to the camera. Given the number of subjects, it would be a panoramic shot. Imagine each individual has a caption with several bits of information. For example, picture me somewhere near the centre standing with my arms folded and looking directly into the camera, with a caption of “Dean McIntosh, 35, Scottish-English, chronically unemployed, autistic”. Next to that, let us use one of my old girlfriends as an example, “Marie [redacted], 30, Italian, pathologist, autistic”. Next to her, assuming this man would be amiable, I would put the “retired” soldier I have mentioned as a rebuke to “we rock, we flap”, with “[name redacted], ~45, American, former soldier, autistic” (most of this is a big guesswork on my part) , and so on.
The beauty of this proposed image is not that it solicits acceptance or tries to give people a positive image. No, the beauty of it is that it literally forces the viewer to accept that there are forty-eight million autistic people in the world, and one could go past each and every one of them without knowing that they are autistic. It forces the viewer to recognise that not all autistic people are drippy little nerds whose ways of interacting with other people make some autistic people want to dislodge their arsehole from the rest of their body with a combat boot.
There is a reason I keep showing images relating to X-Men films in context of this article. This one, for those who have yet to see X-Men: First Class, features one character who is not a mutant. Without having seen the film, do you believe you could point them out? Imagine posters everywhere asking people to pick out which one of the twenty to fifty people pictured is autistic.
(Third from right is Zöe Kravitz (yes, Lenny‘s daughter). The way her character is represented in the film, one could literally mistake her wings for elaborate tattoos before she unfolds them.)
The truth is that whilst the people representing the autistic to mainstream society are self-appointed largely because others have not stepped up to the plate, they are acting in a very dictatorial manner about it. They refuse to represent voices in the community that do not perfectly match their own, and change the presentation of people who do not perfectly match them in order to look as if they do perfectly match them.
Why I have framed this essay in terms of democracy is because in a truly democratic society, behaviour like this would not be considered acceptable. Whilst stereotypical portrayals from the past have been banned outright (many old Warner Brothers cartoons for example), this is not the way to solve the problem, either.
Contrary to what the people I call Repugnantthugs will tell you, a democratic society regulates its media and industries. In a media where money equals speech, people can be labelled as automatically murders or thieves simply because of a group that they are involuntarily part of. In a media where people are legally bound to consider the consequences of their message, people think about how flagrantly they might be violating other peoples’ rights, what the consequences might be, and act accordingly.
I have a question I wish to pose to the likes of Amy Sequenzia, Lydia Brown, et al. Your words about normies excluding you from society due to being autistic are well-written and deserve to be heard, but how do you think it makes people who do not match the image you are pushing feel when you exclude them? I have a right to be heard, too, and just because I am no longer willing to accept “wait for things to change” or “talk it over with the oppressor” as a plan of action does not mean I deserve to be discounted from representing autistic people. Maybe you might recall this image that I posted to this journal previously?
Assata Shakur‘s words are now my words to you, passives. Nobody in the world, nobody in history, has ever gotten their freedom by appealing to the moral sense of the people who were oppressing them.
I know, I know, I write a lot in this journal about what I would do if just given the opportunity. It sucks. But I can promise autistic people all over the world this much. Were I in the position of speaking to government agencies about the rights of the autistic and how best to keep them harmonious with the rights of everyone else in the world, a lot would be changing.
But what the hell. I think certain people (*cough*) get a kick out of being obsequious to their oppressors.