Why Are So Many Kinky, Queer, or Poly Folks Neurodivergent?
A while back, a friend of mine hosted a brunch to introduce all her kinky comrades to one another.
I happily attended, of course. Kinky people are fun!
Within an hour, however, we were bonding over something else we had in common: neurodivergence.
Neurodivergent: a non-medical umbrella term that describes people with variation in their mental functions, which can include conditions such as autism spectrum disorder (ASD), attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), dyslexia, and giftedness
Since that brunch, I’ve been thinking about the prevalence of neurodiversity in kink. Many people I interact with at kink events and parties comfortably acknowledge and discuss their neurodivergence with others.
As a kinky, polyamorous, queer, nonbinary, and possibly autistic person diagnosed with ADHD, I couldn’t help but wonder…was there something going on here? Is there really a correlation between neurodivergence and these identities?
As usual, I turned to Google for answers. I was looking for research on neurodivergence, sexuality, and gender…and somehow ended up researching the Industrial Age.
Settle in, friends: this one’s a long, winding journey.
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