Date: Wed Jan 09 2002 - 09:28:24 MST
In a message dated 1/9/02 7:45:43 AM, firstname.lastname@example.org writes:
>This is where a phenomenon like Stockholm Syndrome is involved: the deaf
>person is handicapped by deafness to such a degree that they derive
>their identity from that which imprisons them rather than themselves.
Oh, please. It's a combination of linguistic identity, plus being
and distinct from most people. Deafness is like being an ethnic minority
and being gay rolled into one. Of course they have a cultural identification.
IIRC, deaf people invented ASL on their own back when conventional
wisdom held they lacked the mental capacity for language, so there's
historical pride as well.
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