authoring autism

Melanie Yergeau’s Authoring Autism was a bit frustrating to read. It had its moments, but a lot of it was horrible feelings of dehumanization expressed in the most arcane academic language possible. I very much liked the spirit of the book, though. You know you’re in for something special right at the beginning: My mother…

caring about objectification is so 80s

Some conservative Christian types got Walmart to take Cosmo out of checkout stands. This is how they put it: Walmart is using its platform to take a stand against sexual exploitation, by instituting a broad sweep of all Walmart stores, removing Cosmopolitan Magazine from each and every checkout aisle. This unprecedented effort will impact more…

an autism parenting book done right

Jessie Hewitson, journalist and neurotypical Autism Mom, set out to write a book on parenting autistic children. After talking to autistic adults, she started over and wrote a much better book called Autism: How to raise a happy autistic child. She’s based in the UK, and a lot of the book is about practical things…

loneliness and its opposite

Loneliness and Its Opposite is a great book. It’s a comparative study of sexuality for disabled people in Denmark and Sweden. It’s one of the better queer theory type books I’ve read, in general. You can tell it’s going to be amazing from the first chapter: Before Branting’s talk, Don, like perhaps most people, had…

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