One of the best descriptions of tone-policing and why it’s wrong that I’ve seen in a long while. Tell me, could you talk unemotionally about a traumatic event? No? Then why demand it of me?
By Beth Ryan
Tone Policing. Please stop doing that.
What is tone policing?
I’ve created some examples based on what I see people saying. Often. Too often. Tone policing doesn’t just apply to Autism Speaks discussions. But that’s what’s on my mind lately.
Person A: Autism Speaks is a horrible organization which promotes the hatred of Autistic people. Giving your money to them is funding a hate organization. I am Autistic and you’re financing hatred of me.
Person B: I agree with you but people are just going to dismiss you as cranky and angry if you take that approach. You need to gently educate people if you want them to listen to you.
Person A: You shouldn’t support Autism Speaks because only 4% of its budget is used to provide direct services to Autistic people. Autistic people are excluded from meaningfully participating in the organization…
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