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"body identity integrity disorder"
Monday, April 16, 2012

The difference between self-diagnosis and ‘transability’:






A person without any diagnoses who stims, doesn’t make eye contact, has problems with offline sociality, takes things very literally and doesn’t always get sarcasm, has sensory issues, and prefers routine who says they’re autistic is self-diagnosed.

A person without any diagnoses who makes eye contact, is very sociable, understands sarcasm perfectly, doesn’t get sensory overload, seeks out new things, and understands facial expressions who says they’re autistic is ‘transabled’.

One is legit, the other one is ableist appropriation of disabled people’s experiences. It’s a very important distinction. 

See also: Things I shouldn’t have to explain.

What is transabled? All I can find information on is BIID.

Able bodied people who say that deep down inside, they are really disabled.  I don’t know if they could be termed under some identity disorder or not, and I’ve never interacted with someone who has identified as transabled.  So I personally feel a little conflicted because I haven’t been able to discuss this in depth with the people who identify this way and why they do.

There’s a whole lot of able-bodied privilege there, though.  

Oh, gross, okay. :/ Thanks for replying.

I first learned about this phenomenon some time in the past decade and, given I have several unrelated disabling genetic conditions, my first reaction was, as goldenheartedrose wrote, ”there’s a whole lot of able-bodied privilege” going on there.

But while I was busy condemning these self-styled “wannabes” for what I saw as their trivializing of what it’s like to really have a disability, it occurred to me that, in a way, I am, if anything, reverse transabled. I’ve written about this before when discussing how I identify as an able-bodied and able-brained person stuck in a disabled body and brain. And like many trans men have said about gender, “it’s not that I have anything against women or think they are inferior people in any way, it’s just that I don’t happen to be one of them”, I say it’s not that I have anything against people with disabilities who strongly identify with their disabilities, it’s just that I don’t happen to be one of them. It’s just not who I am.

As a result, I’ve had dysphoria all my life over this issue, and it took me quite a long while to come to understand that identity — in any area, whether gender, ethnicity, maturity level, or even ability/disability — is just not something I can make rules about for another person, even if it feels like they are being appropriative or trivializing my experiences.

The only thing I feel I have any right to say about wannabes is that they mustn’t be permitted to carry out any harm to their bodies with the result that they may become a burden to others and society. That wouldn’t be ethical to society, even if it would honor the individual wannabe’s sense of identity. Changing ones gender-presentation (whether by dress alone or by surgery) does not render one physically dependent on others in the way that maiming ones body intentionally to become disabled does. Also, quite frankly, if I can’t have an operation to become able-bodied, then I don’t think they should be allowed to have operations to become disabled. I know that isn’t very rational of me — my first argument about not becoming a burden to society is a much better one — but that’s just the way I feel at this point.

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