Dysconscious Audism or Internalized Audism

In her dissertation, Dr. Genie Gertz defines dysconscious audism as "a form of audism that tacitly accepts dominant hearing norms and privileges. It is not the absence of consciousness but an impaired consciousness or distorted way of thinking about Deaf consciousness."

In other words, an unnamed blogger basically defined dysconscious audism as "audism (a belief and attitude that to be deaf is to be inferior to hearing people) perpetrated by members of the Deaf community because they have internalized attitudes that the hearing way is superior due to the systemic and pervasive oppression all around us."

Dysconscious audism is what deaf people, colonized by hearing society, have internalized audist attitudes. Here are some examples.

There are some random more examples of behaviors that exhibit dysconscious audism:

Scenario: Between a hearing interpreter and a Deaf bilingual, a deaf student chooses to check with the hearing one if this ASL sign is the right usage or what it means. Deaf people (many are well-educated, bilingual) native to ASL are the best people to ask.

Scenario: Deaf children feel they are inadequate or not as capable of hearing peers.

Scanario: Deaf people with cochlear implants think cochlear implants are fine (as long as they are 'successful' and also use sign language).

Any more examples?

For more information on dysconscious audism, Dr. Gertz's article can be found in the book Open Your Eyes.

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