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History of community

I want to spread this long but incredibly important Tumblr post about the history of the autism and multiplicity communities everywhere I can.

We weren't a part of all of the groups and initiatives described there, but we know some of the people involved. Our place was on the forums, the rise and fall of various forums between 2004 and the present.

I want to talk about one thing. The importance of freedom of speech and an uncensored space in the development of a community. Everything Amorpha/S. says about the Dark Personalities mailing list has been mirrored in Daria's and my own experiences of the unmoderated autism forum we have been a part of. It is imperative to have a space for people who have been cast out of other communities for being too controversial, for saying critical things, for breaking social rules, for pissing off the wrong person. When there is social upheaval because huge new ideas have come to light, there is an urgent need for space where they can be spoken about freely, hashed out, argued about, screamed about. In the brouhaha over demanding trigger warnings that has even spread to mainstream media in the past year, I want people to understand why it is important to keep places where trigger warnings and other kinds of content policing are not required.

It's still difficult to write about this because I am an intensely private person and used to keeping up mental boundaries.

Thanks Kerry for the link on your journal. (This one.)



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Jun. 19th, 2014 01:42 pm (UTC)
Still reading through it. There's a lot of it!
Jun. 20th, 2014 03:16 am (UTC)
Yeah there is, and if you start looking up the people who wrote it, there's even more. Thanks for taking the time.
Jun. 23rd, 2014 03:54 pm (UTC)
Background information
If you need links to some of the sites she mentioned, some of them are still on our Personal page. Others are long gone, but might be findable in archive.org. Several groups like the Jin'tari are still around but not online (they're caring for a terminally ill family member).

@MakrsDozn who used to run gathering-place.org turned up on Twitter a couple of weeks ago. I almost fell off my seat. They were around back in '99 and very active on Mosaic Minds (the former Divided Hearts).
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