Queering Autism

fragmentsofstuff:

I created a LiveJournal community called Disabling Queerness/Queering Disability today, for people who are disabled and queer, and our allies (though tbh I dislike that term, that’s off-topic).

If anyone wants to join, or reblog this to signal boost, go ahead.

fragmentsofstuff:

People are always talking about queering stuff but I’m interested in disabling stuff. Specifically, mind-disabling it…um, DD-ing it, mainly.

Gosh, me too! I’ve actually been thinking a lot about this lately, really. About how my experience of being autistic modifies my experience of being queer rather drastically, to the point that I find queer spaces/politics… well, alienating.

I might write more about this sometime.

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I’ll of course assume he’s completely ignoring the presence of autistic trans women

nicocoer:

draggle:

eateroftrees:

Because if autistic women are inconvenient for his theories about extreme male brains, autistic women who have absurd levels of distress over coercive masculinization are like… Yeah.

Brains: You can’t just arbitrarily stick genders on them.

(This is the guy who’s tests show that most women have male brains and who doesn’t think this is a problem SO I MEAN REALLY.)

Hell yes.  My best friend is an autistic transwoman and so very “stereotypically feminine”.  SBC’s tripe always reminds me of her, how very opposite his tripe she is.

Say, when is the Autism Women’s Network interviewing Simon Baron-Cohen on radio again?  Someone should ask him about transwomen.  I’m sure people must have asked him ‘bout ‘em before, but whatever drivel he replies with ought to be recorded.   

Anyone want to volunteer to be the call in question asker? (Prefer if it’s a trans autistic btw…)  

I DO know that he is/was supposed to be coming on the Autism Women’s Network Radio Show again SOON, if he hasn’t backed out. Unfortunately, it seems like he still hasn’t been scheduled in? I’ll have to talk to my executive director….

WHAT THE FUCK

tal9000:

eateroftrees:

I keep trying to read that article reviewing Simon Baron-Cohen’s book and get like, two paragraphs further before I come across something mind-blowingly ignorant I want to throw the book across the room. Except it’s a review of the book, and the review’s okay :P  The book is the problem.

Like holy gods he said we don’t need to bother diagnosing autistic women because they can act better. WHAT THE FUCK.

Oh wow. What the fuck.

eateroftrees:

pianycist

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: WHAT THE FUCK

Also, a consequence of “autism = super male brain” is “no such thing as feminine autistic trans or cis women” which is definitely false. Not that autistic people get to have self-determination of their own genders, acc. to SBC. x_x

Yep I was writing that rant just when you were saying that.

I’ve noticed he’s done studies of autistic trans men (HORRIBLY CISSEXIST STUDIES but yeah) because, oh hey those support his ideas! …the fact that there might be a higher than normal number of autistic trans men supporting his claims is, of course, sort of undermined by the fact that there are autistic trans women at all, let alone that there may also be a higher than expected number of us, too.

(I don’t have solid statistics on this; unfortunately.  Part of the problem when 95% of autism research is incredibly ableist and 95% of science about trans people is horribly cissexist is that there’s a bit of a lack of information here. >.<)

A Less-than-positive Review of John Elder Robison’s Latest Book

Since it was released in March, John Elder Robison’s Be Different: Adventures of a Free-Range Aspergian has received overwhelmingly positive reviews. Over on the Community blog at Feministing, I posted a much more critical review:

http://community.feministing.com/2011/06/22/same-diff-a-review-of-be-different-adventures-of-a-free-range-aspergian-by-john-elder-robison/

codeman38:

The mother of a four year, eleven month old boy saw that program that afternoon. She noted the list of symptoms that the expert gave and concluded that there was something seriously wrong with her son. She and her husband decided to take their young boy to UCLA for treatment to prevent him from growing up to be gay.

That young boy came under the care of a very young grad student by the name of George Alan Rekers. The boy’s treatment would become a subject of Rekers’s doctoral thesis, and the astounding success that Rekers claimed in curing the young boy would mark the start of a very impressive career. Rekers would write about “Kraig” in at least twenty publications during his career, a career which included becoming a very important activist in the promotion of anti-gay causes.

Hit the link to read further details of this… rather scary experiment.

If some of the concepts behind the experiment sound familiar from a different context? One of the doctors who led the experiment was named Ivar Lovaas. Those of you who’ve done research about autism might be familiar with that name.

Yeah, it’s the very same guy who came up with one of the most popular behaviorist programs to make autistic kids act more neurotypical.

And yet…people don’t see the parallels whatsoever…

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