the curious incident of the vote at the book club

Best autism story ever, from Authoring Autism.  Melanie Yergeau is hilarious: It’s an event I like to call the Curious Incident of the Vote at the Book Club. There are fifteen of us huddled around a burly Barnes and Noble table, eleven autistic, four non. The lights are very loud, the autie voices and the…

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…

on being a dominatrix in the name of black feminism

I’ve already written about how pernicious it is when submissive women make tortured arguments about the how empowered they feel as beaten, tied up cumbucket slaves. The arguments of dominatrices are just as much in bad faith. Salon just published an article about dominatrices and #MeToo. The author is Natalie West, described as a dominatrix…

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