Wild may sometimes mean “living or growing in the natural environment,” “uncontrolled or unrestrained life.” There is a good argument that perhaps the very reason so many think that the stutter needs to be fixed is that it is wild---it grows without regard to human attitude, without care of productivity and without taking account of industrial efficiency standards.
Like the trees or bugs or animals that populate this earth, stutters happen on their own, they appear to be a nuisance---but if viewed with a sense of care, they might be viewed as thriving in a wild but beautiful manner.
When environmental conservationists ask that animals not be experimented on, that forests not be turned into pencils, that the earth is not looted but is left to languish in its beauty, they hope that intentions to make use of us all are delayed, so that lives and being can pursue a function greater than riches or than comfort.
Similarly, when we at Did I Stutter question the doctrines of speech therapy, we also hope that stutters can pursue a function greater than riches or comfort. In its wild state, the stutter offers an up-and-down syllabic rollercoaster. If instantly correlated to dysfunction, this ride may raise alarms. But if we can enjoy it, we can also enjoy being around it---we can ride dysfluency together, as a community and can show those outside of our community how to enjoy our unusual sounds with us.
If conservation is about leaving what exists in the wild to thrive in its uniqueness, then Did I Stutter pursues embodiment conservation---we view the oddness of the body as a thing worth cultivating. We think that uniqueness in feeling, speaking and touching in unusual ways can offer new bases for friendship and community in an age in which non-profitable types of community are becoming fewer and fewer. The wildness of the thing we aim to protect, the stutter, is a never-ending source of excitement for us. Even as people may attempt to force it into various boxes, rules, theories and cures, it always defies those structures. Similarly, we find the refusal of environmentalist activists as well as animals and plants to go along with a system that aims to turn all things into commodities to be exciting.
We at Did I Stutter hope that environmental conservation and embodiment conservation can go hand in hand.