ethics for behavior analysts, as they explain it

“Autistic adults vs. ABA people” is one of the most common neurodiversity themes. An introduction, if you’re unfamiliar: ABA defenders often respond to criticism with No true Scotsman arguments. The criticisms don’t apply to the modern, good ABA they’re doing or having done to their children. It’s true that I have no firsthand experience of…

the new yorker’s bad faith review of andrea dworkin

Seeing feminists disavow Andrea Dworkin is extremely exasperating, but at least her work is getting some attention in the media, which will cause at least a few people to read and understand it. Apparently they know deep down that they’re fucking up. Isn’t it strange that Lauren Oyler’s review of the new Andrea Dworkin anthology…

mueller report is the new fitzmas

Matt Taibbi’s take on the No Collusion Debacle is amazing. I’m on record in January 2017: Now that Trump’s presidency is starting, we can soon settle bets about whether he’ll unleash a fascist apocalypse. In the meantime, it’s ironic that Hillary Clinton managed to create a neo-Cold War hysteria without getting elected. It’s not like…

autism, prostitution, and utopia

In These Times just published a piece on When Sex Workers Do the Labor of Therapists. It opens by telling the story of an escort dealing with a suicidal client, but it actually devotes more discussion to autism. The premise is basically, “thank god there’s prostitution so autistic men can have sex.” Research suggests that…

deconstructing jonathan haidt’s ingenious interview

I’ve thought Jonathan Haidt was annoying since at least 2015. I guess he’s like a more subtle Jordan Peterson, existing to give the white men talking points against social justice warriors. Nautilus recently published what they call an ingenious interview with him: “The well-meaning bad ideas spoiling a generation.” It’s actually his arguments made in…

psychoanalysis is good

Everyone should go and read this surprisingly great article about psychoanalysis in Dissent. Major themes of this blog are hating on ABA and telling people they don’t love their children properly, but there are actually things I’m in favor of. Psychoanalysis is one of those things. This is the passage that made me realize I…

autism mom trapped in her head behind a wall

In a sad irony, the Autism Parents who control autism’s public image have the worst empathy and perspective-taking. The Washington Post just decided to amplify this lady’s blog post. Maya Weschler introduces herself at her blog, “The Short Bus Diaries,” like this: Here we were in December 2007, a month and a half after my…

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