camille paglia and the state of nature fantasy

Camille Paglia is like the Andrea Dworkin where something went horribly wrong. Like Dworkin, she writes about gender issues in the Western canon. Her writing style is blunt, unapologetic, combative. She has conservative positions that are rejected by other feminists. She’s more worried about sex than gender. And yet “the prototypical libertarian bro” is a…

baron-cohen’s bad faith explanation of neurodiversity

The idea of Simon Baron-Cohen as the wise, neutral arbiter of the autism wars is ridiculous. In a recent editorial in Scientific American, he presents himself as just that. Sleight of hand, right from the beginning: The term “neurodiversity” gained popular currency in recent years but was first used by Judy Singer, an Australian social…

ashley jardina and “white identity politics”

“White identity politics” is just another euphemism the media uses for racism. It’s not a real thing. Vox just published an interview with Ashley Jardina, white lady in denial: Sean Illing You open the book with a great quote from James Baldwin about how identity is “questioned only when it is menaced.” What’s the significance…

santa clarita diet is about disability

The YouTube video is an interpretation of Santa Clarita Diet in terms of disability. I binge-watched the show recently, and I have a few comments to add. Ramona is a great character: At one point, she’s being threatened, and she stops to ask for clarification, saying she’s bad at reading social cues, and is she…

rejecting truce in the autism wars

Spectrum News just published a call for truce in the “autism wars.” That means we’re making progress, and we should push on to victory. A truce would be like voting for neoliberal Democrats. What’s the point, and can’t we do better? The article starts by summarizing #puppetgate. Apparently we made them regret it. Great success!…

stop gaslighting us with c-tactile afferents

It’s true that humans need touch, and it’s miserable and unhealthy to go without it. Mary Jo Murphy published some sophistry in the Washington Post, using that to defend Joe Biden’s gropery. The unwritten rule can be as indelible as any chiseled into a tablet. That’s its genius and its curse. But because norms recalibrate,…

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…

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