2012-05-04: The One Where I Actually Use the Term Neurotypic

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2012-05-04: The One Where I Actually Use the Term Neurotypic

Postby Nosy Neighbordroid » May 3rd, 2012, 7:01 pm

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Re: 2012-05-04: The One Where I Actually Use the Term Neurot

Postby BloodHenge » May 4th, 2012, 5:11 pm

Okay, so what is a "neurotypical privilege"? I can find plenty of "checklists", but not a definition.
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Re: 2012-05-04: The One Where I Actually Use the Term Neurot

Postby Forrest » May 4th, 2012, 10:20 pm

Neurotypicality is best defined in relation to its antonym, neurodiversity, which is the notion that many neurological or psychological conditions broadly considered "disorders" are actually within the range of normal human diversity, and not properly disorders at all, any more than having non-white skin is a "disorder", or being non-male is a "disorder".

Neurotypical privilege (which I've never heard anyone actually say) would then be analogous to something like "white privilege" or "male privilege": the experience that comes with being in a dominant group (in this case the "neurotypical" group, i.e. the group of people without notable psychological "disorders") and thus having the world shaped to accomodate you, the privilege of not facing the struggles that non-dominant groups have to face.

So he's basically telling Seth "she's not retarded, she's from an oppressed neurological demographic, and you're being insensitive to her struggles due to your privileged life in the dominant (i.e. non-retarded) neurological demographic."
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Re: 2012-05-04: The One Where I Actually Use the Term Neurot

Postby Michael Poe » May 5th, 2012, 1:47 am

Forrest wrote:Neurotypical privilege (which I've never heard anyone actually say)


I think it should be noted that the only times I've ever actually seen it used seriously was in arguments about a god damn My Little Pony background character. Which should tell you about how pointlessly silly the whole concept really is.
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Re: 2012-05-04: The One Where I Actually Use the Term Neurot

Postby Sareth » May 5th, 2012, 11:03 am

It's not as pointless as it may seem. Being introverted, I actually get a lot of people thinking that I need help being properly socialized. This would be a case of "If you aren't X you're sick".

Thanks, no, I'm fine.

But yeah, in context? It's utter bullshit. *chuckles*
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Re: 2012-05-04: The One Where I Actually Use the Term Neurot

Postby SubversiveCynic » May 5th, 2012, 11:36 am

The bronies totally have a point about the otherwise largely bullshit PC concept, much as I hate to both acknowledge it and open myself up to more damned My Little Pony marathons with Viking-Sensei.

It's kind of... horrific... that the only legit use I've seen of that concept is for dudes to defend a functionally retarded cartoon character.
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Re: 2012-05-04: The One Where I Actually Use the Term Neurot

Postby RGE » May 5th, 2012, 5:41 pm

Michael Poe wrote:I think it should be noted that the only times I've ever actually seen it used seriously was in arguments about a god damn My Little Pony background character.

That explains that thing with the "cartoon horse". But it doesn't explain why anyone would ever yell anything to Falchion about it. Unless he for some reason got involved in an argument about MLP. Which never even entered my mind. Maybe someone was using an analogy? That's always a good way to bring in stuff from nowhere. :mrgreen:
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Re: 2012-05-04: The One Where I Actually Use the Term Neurot

Postby taltamir » May 6th, 2012, 1:45 am

BloodHenge wrote:Okay, so what is a "neurotypical privilege"? I can find plenty of "checklists", but not a definition.

neurotypical means "not autistic"
Neurotypical privilage is wrong in context, that is why he asked him "do you even know what that word means"
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Re: 2012-05-04: The One Where I Actually Use the Term Neurot

Postby BloodHenge » May 7th, 2012, 2:32 am

I feel like I should go ahead and say that I did know what "neurotypical" means (and no, it does not just mean "not autistic"; it also means not a lot of other things). I just hadn't ever heard the phrase before.

As for why someone shouted something about ponies at Falchion, it may have had something to do with his "fanfiction".

And after looking at the comic again, I begin to wonder what tasted or smelled like almonds.
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Re: 2012-05-04: The One Where I Actually Use the Term Neurot

Postby TheLastOutlaw » May 7th, 2012, 10:23 am

BloodHenge wrote:And after looking at the comic again, I begin to wonder what tasted or smelled like almonds.


I assumed it was the other orfice. But I have a dirty mind like that.
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