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Policy and mission

OverGround's Manifesto

by Margaret Child and Richard King,

Margaret Child and Richard King are the founders of the original printed edition of OverGround.

By devotee we mean a person, male, female, straight, or gay, who is sexually and emotionally attracted to people of an appropriate age and sexual orientation who have a specific disability, and whose reaction on encountering such a person is massive and overwhelming.

By wannabe we mean a person who has a desire to have a specific disability. The desire may be transient or permanent, and may range in intensity from mild to obsessive. OverGround recognises that the above phenomena exist in a small minority of the general population - devotees and wannabes are not responsible for acquiring their interests. These phenomena are neither sick nor sinful per se, but different. devotees have a right to seek partners of choice if free to do so.

OverGround wants
  1. to find out more about devotees and wannabes by research and study,
  2. to give out information to psychomedical professionals, people with disabilities, families, friends, and partners,
  3. to provide individual and mutual and group support, and to exchange views and information via the OverGround website,
  4. to promote good public relations between devotees, potential partners, and others,
  5. to dispel fears and misunderstandings,
  6. to encourage devotees to be open and honest about their interest to potential partners,
  7. to put pressure on medical authorities to listen to and give proper credence to the devotee and wannabe cases.

The other side of rights is responsibility for obligations in order to give consideration to the rights and dignity of people with disabilities. OverGround wants devotees to be aware of the vulnerabilities of people with disabilities and to accept certain responsibilities.

Photographs, videos, books, and films depicting people with disabilities are erotic materials for devotees. Other people may not find the contents erotic, but that does not mean that a devotee can assume conventional sexual morality over such material because it may be convenient.

Likewise, correspondence, friendship, or companionship with a person with a disability is sexual in essence, even where for people who were not devotees this would be regarded as innocent or platonic. Care needs to be taken if devotees within a relationship want friendship with a desired other.

Finally, OverGround maintains, and would wish its members to subscribe to the proposition that whatever we do, either as individuals or as a group, will adhere to the highest standards of integrity and deportment. We believe that only by maintaining the highest of standards can we achieve our aims, that it will be through the maintenance of such standards that we will be able to show that our case is just and honest. If our case is recognised as being imbued with justice and honesty, just and honest people will accept and listen to what we have to say. Then we shall have achieved our objective.

Margaret Child and Richard King

This statement was first published in the printed edition of OverGround (1992) 2(2) p 4. We didn't remove a coma from it and the present editor of OverGround will make sure that this manifesto remains for the future of OverGround. Richard King is now deceased and Margaret Child is believed to be living in Australia.


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