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…

immanuel kant’s glazed and useless hippiedom

This is the best essay about love I’ve seen recently. It’s full of beautiful writing about Martin Buber’s ideas and worth reading. I really disliked this paragraph, though: A life immersed entirely in the I-Thou hardly seems plausible either. If the world didn’t eat you alive for your kindness, you would be condemned to a…

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