euthanasia for autism is legit

This passage from an article about euthanasia in Belgium is amazing: Pierre Pol Vincke wishes his daughter Edith could have gotten that same relief — and perhaps continued to live. “She said, ‘Dad, you understand science, what could help me to die?” said Vincke, a biologist and amateur beekeeper in his garden in Ramillies, Belgium.…

TV isn’t making my son look bad enough

I was expecting better when I saw the Vice headline TV is obsessed with an unrealistic portrayal of autistic people. When I complained about The Good Doctor, I thought it was making us look bad. The Vice article was written by an Autism Mom. Her complaint is that the show is unrealistically positive. This is…

in defense of mayim bialik

I read Mayim Bialik’s op-ed on Harvey Weinstein when it came out, and I don’t remember being especially offended by anything at the time. I was a little bit surprised at how much this pissed people off: I am honored to depict a feminist who speaks her mind, who loves science and her friends and…

klein aber doctor

I watched the trailer for The Good Doctor, which of course pissed me off. Thankfully, an autistic comrade has done the work entertainingly: I’ll add some commentary on this clip: I’m autistic and (barely) completed a PhD program. It was a psychology department, but we took neuroanatomy with the med students. When I informally visited…

anarchists debating polyamory in 1896

An earlier post about polyamory described what it looked like in the 1920s. It’s been a terrible idea that’s plagued the American left as long as there’s been an American left. I recently learned who Lucy Parsons was, and that she was in favor of monogamy. Someone was cool enough to put issues of The…

gender is a social construction in mice, too

In public debates, people get a lot of mileage out of claiming that some gendered behavior or another is natural, innate, instinctive, etc. Surely human social behavior is more complex than social behavior in mice, but it’s not simple and automatic in mice, either. It looks like it is, superficially: The team used mice that…

the revolution will be televised to death

I wrote about Mr. Robot when it came out. Today I watched the first episode of season 3. The show functions as very slick propaganda. It accomplishes the system’s psy-op goals just as much as the alt-right. Probably more effectively, since it’s targeted at people who understand what it’s about, the ones who can empathize…

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