dyslexia, hyperlexia, and classism

Priscilla Gilman’s The Anti-Romantic Child wasn’t an enjoyable autism memoir I can identify with, like Songs of the Gorilla Nation. It has a lot of things to comment on, though, since this is the third post about it. I thought she made a really interesting observation about the discourses surrounding dyslexia vs. hyperlexia. I hadn’t…

words and the mindsets they come with

I don’t think it’s intuitive for a lot of people that psychiatric labels are names for patterns of behavior and that’s it. A diagnosis fits you if you’re acting a lot like the pattern, in the opinion of someone whose opinion may or may not count for bureaucratic purposes. The underlying reality doesn’t change when…

when drama queens have autistic children

I suspect that some of the tragic consequences of autism are iatrogenic, i.e., caused by the treatments and parents themselves. These parents have trouble empathizing with their children for narcissistic reasons. These are the parents that need their children to be normal and care what everyone else thinks, and it’s a widespread issue. The Anti-Romantic…

autism, empathy, and the ethics of psychoanalysis

This is the second post reading Mari Ruti’s The Ethics of Opting Out in terms of autism. Maybe interpreting everything in terms of autism will become a new school of literary criticism. The first post was about nonverbal autism as a rebellion against the desire of the Other. This is a discussion of autism acceptance…