Posted 20 hours ago

Authoring Autism: On Rhetoric and Neurological Queerness (Thought in the Act)

ZTS2023's avatar
Shared by
Joined in 2023

About this deal

autism's dynamism and haecceity do not make it "queer" (nor do they make it "mestiza," ugh), they simply indicate its conceptual vagueness. Beneath the humor, however, bubbles a righteous and justified rage that such a book even has to be written, that Yergeau essentially has to spend all this time pointing out that autism is not, in fact, a lack (as everything from the clinical literature to organizations that at least ostensibly 'speak' for autism seem to portray it as); that she has to defend herself and autistic people as human.

And, while at times these worlds may be idiosyncratic or mutually unintelligible, these worlds hold value, meaning, and at times meaninglesness. Yergeau's queered and disabled reading of rhetoric unfolds through many "in" sights into the dehumanizing gaze of pathological, clinical, and diagnostic renderings of autistic people. They also critique early intensive behavioral interventions—which have much in common with gay conversion therapy—and questions the ableist privileging of intentionality and diplomacy in rhetorical traditions.

Through exploring paradoxes such as those in the conceptions of passivity and activity, Authoring Autism provokes its readers to reconsider and trouble the taken for granted stories that circulate about autism. Yergeau argues both that autistics are capable of intentional rhetoric and that even if they weren’t, non-intentionality has its own rhetoricity which has been overlooked to horrifying results in clinical contexts. You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice. In Yergeau's world we trade intersectionality for fractionalism, agency for inertia, and meaningful analysis for hollow, smirking equivocation.

For those not in the know, ASAB language was developed within the trans community to make it possible to refer to the sex/gender one had been assigned by society without having to make a statement about one's personal identity in the process. ABA is more aptly termed a sociosexual intervention than a mere social intervention, seeking as it does to make neuroqueer subjects virtually indistinguishable from their neurotypical, heterosexual, and cisgender peers. To be autistic is to live and lie in a between space-the crevices that neurotypicals can ignore often function as the entirety of what neuroqueer subjects perceive. According to Yergeau (48): "Ours is a continuous motion across not one but infinite diagnostic and symptomatological scales.The way it seems to try to view everything about autism through the lens of how autism relates to rhetoric makes no sense to me at all. While behaviorism makes no claim of cure, it does make claims of optimal outcomes, lessened severity, and residual (as opposed to full blown) disability, Recoverym then, is not the process of becoming straight or cisgender or nondisabled, but is rather the process of faking the becoming of normativity. Autistics don't tell us what we want to hear, nor do they tell it to us in the manner in which we wish to hear it. she eviscerates ABA and baron-cohen's cisheterosexualizing tendencies and suggests an ambiguous affinity between being autistic and being queer.

Asda Great Deal

Free UK shipping. 15 day free returns.
Community Updates
*So you can easily identify outgoing links on our site, we've marked them with an "*" symbol. Links on our site are monetised, but this never affects which deals get posted. Find more info in our FAQs and About Us page.
New Comment