santa clarita diet is about disability

The YouTube video is an interpretation of Santa Clarita Diet in terms of disability. I binge-watched the show recently, and I have a few comments to add. Ramona is a great character: At one point, she’s being threatened, and she stops to ask for clarification, saying she’s bad at reading social cues, and is she…

rejecting truce in the autism wars

Spectrum News just published a call for truce in the “autism wars.” That means we’re making progress, and we should push on to victory. A truce would be like voting for neoliberal Democrats. What’s the point, and can’t we do better? The article starts by summarizing #puppetgate. Apparently we made them regret it. Great success!…

stop gaslighting us with c-tactile afferents

It’s true that humans need touch, and it’s miserable and unhealthy to go without it. Mary Jo Murphy published some sophistry in the Washington Post, using that to defend Joe Biden’s gropery. The unwritten rule can be as indelible as any chiseled into a tablet. That’s its genius and its curse. But because norms recalibrate,…

ethics for behavior analysts, as they explain it

“Autistic adults vs. ABA people” is one of the most common neurodiversity themes. An introduction, if you’re unfamiliar: ABA defenders often respond to criticism with No true Scotsman arguments. The criticisms don’t apply to the modern, good ABA they’re doing or having done to their children. It’s true that I have no firsthand experience of…

the new yorker’s bad faith review of andrea dworkin

Seeing feminists disavow Andrea Dworkin is extremely exasperating, but at least her work is getting some attention in the media, which will cause at least a few people to read and understand it. Apparently they know deep down that they’re fucking up. Isn’t it strange that Lauren Oyler’s review of the new Andrea Dworkin anthology…

mueller report is the new fitzmas

Matt Taibbi’s take on the No Collusion Debacle is amazing. I’m on record in January 2017: Now that Trump’s presidency is starting, we can soon settle bets about whether he’ll unleash a fascist apocalypse. In the meantime, it’s ironic that Hillary Clinton managed to create a neo-Cold War hysteria without getting elected. It’s not like…

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