Yes, I obviously buy that it's a cultural discrimination. So I've been trying to deconstruct what the basis of the discrimination is. (I'm sure this has been done before) but what I kind of instinctually feel are these:
1. The listener is uncomfortable, embarrassed (and sometimes fearful) by hearing sounds they don't understand or seeing secondaries that look odd to them.
2. The listener is impatient. They don't want to wait or put forth the tiny bit more energy required to understand.
3. The listener is amused. Because media has informed us that is okay to laugh at stuttering (Porky Pig).
4. The listener is overly sympathetic or concerned. This might be the least harmful but can get pretty annoying. I think letting the listener know that you have no problems with your stutter might alleviate this.
5. The listener is judgmental. I think this comes from the expectation that if you stutter, you should should try to fix it and if you don't or can't, then you're lazy and/or stubborn.
It seems both 1 and 3 would be helped by more positive representation in popular culture. How does one go about advocating for this? Numbers 2 and 5 seem harder to fix. We live in such a fast-paced world that loves polished uniformity and shuns nonconformity and otherness. It's these two that make me the most angry. I want to do something radical and reactionary; I just don't know what that is yet.
I probably overlooked something important in this dissection, so please, anyone, feel free to add, edit or comment.