Agreement upon the meaning of words can be very useful when engaging in discussion with others. There are dictionaries for this, but sometimes people prefer to make up their own meanings. Other times, since language is always evolving, and since connotations vary depending upon group history and by region, there can be legitimate disagreement over the meanings of words. Some words seem especially vulnerable to being twisted or purposely corrupted.
Please choose any question or questions from this quiz for discussion in the comments section. I may very well choose to post your response and offer my own thoughts on the topic.
1. A and B are members of a self-advocacy community who disagree on several points. A posts a photo of a pig rolling in mud and caption’s it with B’s name. This is an example of:
a) free speech
c) It depends on the context
2. D leaves a comment on C’s blog saying that A is a liar. C elects not to post the comment. This is an example of:
b) freedom of association
d) insistence on verification of possibly damaging information
3. D now posts a comment to Z’s blog stating that B is psychotic and should be killed if she does not stop talking. Z allows the comment to stand. Z is guilty of:
a) nothing at all
b) aiding and abetting a death threat
c) supporting harassment
e) It depends on what country this happened in
4. E posts graphic comments about F’s body. When asked to retract the comment, E refuses. This could be considered:
a) all in good fun
b) a valid expression of male sexuality
c) sexual harassment
d) perfectly acceptable
5. L wants fellow blogger M to link to his blog. M refuses because he does not wish to be associated with some of the posts L has written. M is probably:
a) a spineless coward
b) censoring L
c) exercising free will
d) entitled to associate with whomever he wishes
6. A group of advocates writes a letter strongly disavowing the opinion of another individual who has suggested that anyone claiming to be autistic should be required to provide evidence of diagnosis. The group is practicing:
c) free speech
7. Several members of a self-advocacy community have objected to a series of false accusations about one advocate and unwanted sexual comments directed toward another. Most of those who have denounced this behavior have been women. This is probably because:
a) they are all lesbians
b) they are delicate flowers, crybabies, can’t take the heat
c) they hate men
d) they are not really autistic
e) some men have not chosen to speak up against the bully
8. Which statement(s) represent(s) the values and ideals of neurodiversity:
a) People with Asperger syndrome are valuable to society and should not be thought of in the same way as those with “classic” autism.
b) Autistic people are not mentally ill, so they should not be subjected to institutionalization.
c) There are more autistic men than autistic women; therefore if an autistic advocacy group has more female than male members, men are being intentionally excluded and discriminated against.
d) People require different types and levels of support, but all are of equal value to society, regardless of diagnosis, and all are deserving of ethical treatment and human rights.
e) Presenting a united front is important to the cause; all autistic people should come to an agreement on what is best for autistics.