I kind of feel like attempts to stop certain people (transgender and gay people) from being classed as mentally ill, while technically the right decision, were motivated by an attempt to address the sanism felt by neurotypical people in these groups without addressing sanism itself.
When you think about it that way, redefining "Gender Identity Disorder" as "Gender Dysphoria" and stop classifying it as a mental disorder was a way of advancing trans rights while continuing to throw mentally ill people under the bus.
I do think that it's incorrect to define gender and sexual attraction as a mental disorder, so reclassifying made sense; it's more accurate language. But I think it's disgusting that the motivation for doing so seems to have been not seeking more correct language, but allowing neurotypical trans people to be unaffected by perpetuating continued sanism.
I think it's high time sanism is addressed head-on rather than extracting people who are being paid attention to out of the "mentally ill" classification. There is no shame in being mentally ill and it's high time society recognizes that.
And there's good news: the fight for acceptance of #neurodiversity may finally be the cure we've been needing for so long. It's largely focused on #autism, but unlike with trans people, it's generally been a struggle for acceptance of mental illness as a whole. The terms "neurodivergent" and "neurodiverse" are inclusive, not extractive.
I think that this is what we need. And we have a long long way to go, but I am hopeful that progress can finally be made after demonizing mentally ill people for so long.
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