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…

elizabeth choi is an obnoxious burden

Elizabeth Choi published an Autism Warrior Mom thinkpiece about what a tragic burden her autistic son will be for his siblings when she dies. The dehumanization starts impressively early in the article: Grace will get the pearls passed down from my grandmother. Her twin brother, Nick, will get the woodworking tools my husband, Dan, inherited…

mari ruti and chris rock on porn and autism

I generally like what Mari Ruti has to say, and I’ve written about her stuff before (see here and here and here and here). She’s a Lacanian gender studies person, except that she writes clearly and has a lot of intellectual honesty. She has important things to say about the problems within gender studies itself.…

keeping up with dina

Dina is a really, really great movie about the essence of marriage: Dina is a middle-aged autistic lady on disability. Scott is a middle-aged autistic Walmart greeter. Neither of them have the social skills to be anything but sincere, which is why they’re such a cute couple. Dina’s been through some Bad Shit and been…

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