insincere advice on tolerating autistic loved ones

Lifehack posted an awful article called 18 things to remember if you love a person with autism. “Person with autism” is a shibboleth for being on Team Normal People. The whole subtext of the article is that “we all know” how annoying autistic people are, and the author is apologizing for our shameful behavior. I…

autism and the precession of simulacra

Gwendolyn Kansen published a piece in Slate about how fictional characters help autistic people learn to socialize. I can relate to following a dubious social script to make friends. I looked up to the It Girls in shows like Popular and movies like Clueless. I loved their flashy clothes, their witty banter. I tried to…

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