Originally Posted by laneyc86
However, a lot of these adults have degrees and independent lives (which is totally unrepresentative of the majority) and all are used in purely tokenistic positions - they do not have a role in management or direction of the organisation. Quite simply, one is *expected* to be a "Self-narrating Zoo Exhibit"
and only speak about aspects of their own personal lives, and not about the wider disability rights perspective.
I can see similarities in Dublin Call Girl's writings. For example, someone who has not been driven into prostitution as a result of poverty, coercion, trafficking or drug addiction seems to think in terms of "those people"
I found much of what Laney expressed about disabled rights to be true. But I think it's unfair to say that Dublin Call Girl thinks in terms of "those people." That's pretty slanderous, and it's surprising to see such a nasty klinker in a discussion of disabled rights.
Dublin Call Girl is not thinking in terms of 'those people' when she states that things are 50 times worse for people less privileged than she is. She's acknowledging her privilege and acknowledging the truth -- things are much worse for a lot of women in prostitution than they were for her. That's why she was able to get out of the life and be the brilliant writer she is today.
Although there are some parallels between how people with autism and prostitution survivors are treated by helping organizations, having autism and being a survivor of prostitution are very different. Why? Because prostitution itself is causing devastating damage on the women within it. Lasting damage. Without the horrific effects of prostittuion, there'd be no need for organizations to help women within it. These damaging effects can't be remediated via government regulation of a system that creates and dehumanizes the prostituted class.
In other words the punters/Johns and the pimps, male and female, are the perpetrators.
In contrast, in the past organizations that are supposed to help the disabled can act as perpetrators -- by misappropriating funds that are supposed to go to the disabled, by institutionalizing people unfairly, and by not using their funds to educate the public and contribute to social change. Predictably, the social change regarding public perception of asperger's and autism has come from autistic people or aspies speaking out despite the great risk. There's still a long way to go, but Temple Grandin, Michael John Carley and many others have made an impact.
Prostitution has the added complication of possible physical harm coming to the women if they speak out, via angry pimps and traffickers, or deranged punters. So organizations that help women in prostitution must be careful not to exploit the women via media exposure or use them for fund raising. Rather, these organizaitons should be elevating survivors to leadership roles.