yes, autism defines me

I recently saw a local paper cover a Temple Grandin talk. Temple Grandin is considered the most accomplished and well-known adult with autism in the world, having earned a doctoral degree in animal science, developing the facilities in which half the cattle are handled in the United States, and sharing about autism through writing and…

eye contact and the impossibility of respect

Aeon published an essay on equality and respect by Richard Reeves. It’s good philosophical writing, clarifying what exactly we mean by the terms. The part I want to comment on is the section on eye contact: Societies that are equal in terms of relations are those in which there is mutual respect, where – as…

emily cutler on autism and bpd

This is one of the best articles on BPD I’ve ever read.  In it, Emily Cutler notes some similarities with autism: I thought about my friends in the Autistic community, who share many of my experiences being seen as weird, awkward, and overly emotional. Most Autistic people spend their whole lives being told they need…

another battle against autism warrior moms

Jason Swindle wrote a column in the LaGrange Daily News called Forging a modern day autism warrior. He opens with this quote: Iron is full of impurities that weaken it; through forging, it becomes steel and is transformed into a razor-sharp sword. Human beings develop in the same fashion — Morihei Ueshiba The bulk of…

reihan salam on white bashing in elite circles

Reihan Salam is a pet brown person of the Republicans, the type who’s born to Muslim, Bangladeshi immigrants, goes to Harvard, edits the National Review, and writes anti-immigration bullshit. Here, he attempts to explain “the utility of white-bashing” to The Atlantic’s readers. When I was a teenager, I occasionally affected a sort of absurdist faux-racial…

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