Fidget fad arouses discrimination anger
I’m angry about the sudden popularity of fidget spinners, but probably not for the reasons you think.
I’m not mad that they’re disruptive in class, or obnoxiously trendy. I’m furious because of what they reveal about societal power structures, and the pathologising of disabled people by non-disabled persons.
Autistic people (and others with developmental disabilities) have been fighting a war for decades. It’s a war against being forcibly, often brutally, conditioned to behave more like neurotypicals, no matter the cost to our own comfort, safety, and sanity.