Why did I respond about Biden, and not about you personally? Because I wasn’t quite sure why you were posting, or how/what you expected in return. Now, I know. :)
Does the fact that you now know change your perception of me? It's not that I really care one way or another, it's just that in my experience people's perceptions of me does change once they find out.
Another reason is that the author of the article seems to think that admitting one has a stutter is something that should be done and I was curious to find out what the community on here -- the majority of which, I assume, do not stutter -- thinks about that.
I’ll share an experience that might shed some light on my perspective...
Many years ago, after I was divorced, I started communicating with a guy on a dating site. (No judging!) We wrote back and forth for a few weeks and then decided to meet—in fact, we met to watch the movie, Frost/Nixon, which was up for the Best Picture academy award that year. After the movie, we stopped in at a little cafe nearby to talk about the movie. That was the first time I had ever met and talked with someone who has (what I think may be) a mild form of Tourette’s Syndrome (very odd speech tics but no obscenities).
I’ve known this guy for more than ten years now (we are good platonic friends), and we still haven’t ever had a conversation about his speech tics. I’ve met all the members of his family—parents, siblings, and kids—and no one has ever said anything about it, even though it is very obvious.
It is kind of strange.
Without a frank talk about it, I am left to wonder what impact it has on his psyche—not his intellect (he is very smart), but his *psyche.* However, I feel like HE is the one who gets to decide if/when that conversation ever happens, so I have not ever asked him about it.
I think this should be true for you, too. YOU decide when or if that conversation happens. Without that conversation, it may take people a little longer to process the situation and figure out how to be comfortable with it, but eventually it won’t matter to most of us.