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What does Stimpunks mean?

We created a FAQ. The first question is, “What does Stimpunks mean?” Here’s some background.

Stimpunks combines “stimming” + “punks” to evoke open and proud stimming, resistance to neurotypicalization, and the DIY culture of punk, disabled, and neurodivergent communities. Instead of hiding our stims, we bring them to the front.

Everything that was normally supposed to be hidden was brought to the front.

Source: Punk subculture – Wikipedia

Stimpunks follows the terms cripple punk and genderpunk.

It’s about rejecting pity, inspiration porn, & all other forms of ableism. It rejects the “good cripple” mythos. Cripple Punk is here for the bitter cripple, the uninspirational cripple, the smoking cripple, the drinking cripple, the addict cripple, the cripple who hasn’t “tried everything”. Cripple Punk fights internalized ableism & fully supports those struggling with it. It respects intersections of race, culture, gender, sexual/romantic orientation, size, intersex status, mental illness/neuroatypical status, survivor status, etc. Cripple Punk does not pander to the able bodied.

Source: Urban Dictionary: Cripple Punk

Before I discovered Cripple Punk – a term originating as an angry post on someone’s blog and transforming into a global movement for disability pride – it never occured to me that I could like my leg braces.

Source: Cripple Punk: The hashtag that helped me wear my disability with pride | Life

Genderpunk: a colloquial term for culture and resistance against gendernormativity; an identity that in and of itself is a resistance against gender norms, homophobia and transphobia, oppression and societal status.

You don’t need to be transgender to be part of genderpunk movement. Your genderidentity has nothing to do with your eligibility to be a genderpunk. If you agree with mindset, you can be part of genderpunk movement.

Source: Have A Gay Day : What is ‘Genderpunk’?

What is stimming?

Self-stimulatory behavior, also known as stimming and self-stimulation, is the repetition of physical movements, sounds, or words, or the repetitive movement of objects

Source: Stimming – Wikipedia

Stimming is a necessary part of sensory regulation. Stimming helps keep me below meltdown threshold. “Stimming is a natural behavior that can improve emotional regulation and prevent meltdowns in stressful situations.” “Let them stim! Some parents want help extinguishing their child’s self-stimulatory behaviors, whether it’s hand-flapping, toe-walking, or any number of other “stimmy” things autistic kids do. Most of this concern comes from a fear of social stigma. Self-stimulatory behaviors, however, are soothing, relaxing, and even joy-inducing. They help kids cope during times of stress or uncertainty. You can help your kids by encouraging parents to understand what these behaviors are and how they help.

Source: I’m Autistic. Here’s what I’d like you to know. – Ryan Boren

We have seven senses:

  1. Taste
  2. Smell
  3. Touch
  4. Sight
  5. Hearing
  6. Proprioceptive
  7. Vestibular

We engage those senses with stimming for a few reasons:

  1. Self-regulation
  2. Sensory seeking
  3. Expression

At Stimpunks, we aim to provide sensoryaware jewelry and fidgets that engage all of our senses for all of the reasons above.

while stimming I am able to unravel the everyday ordinary barrage of sensory and social information that becomes overwhelming.

Source: The Predictability, Pattern and Routine of Stimming | Judy Endow

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