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 Forum: Autism Politics, Activism, and Media Representation   Topic: Time to stand up against anti-cure

Posted: 12 May 2011, 10:34 pm 

Replies: 206
Views: 16,628


You seem to not be getting the point. "You'll realize as time goes on" sounds a LOT like you'll telling me like I'll understand something too complex for my wee little brain when I'm older and wiser (like you, I assume the implication is), when I very much do understand right now and have before you...

 Forum: Autism Politics, Activism, and Media Representation   Topic: Time to stand up against anti-cure

Posted: 12 May 2011, 3:48 am 

Replies: 206
Views: 16,628


I specifically pointed out the wording I found to be condescending - the "you'll understand as time goes on" language, which is very patronizing. I would have still disagreed with your point if you had left that out, but I could at least have dealt with it purely on the merits of your statement rath...

 Forum: Autism Politics, Activism, and Media Representation   Topic: Time to stand up against anti-cure

Posted: 12 May 2011, 2:54 am 

Replies: 206
Views: 16,628


I think damage is done to those of certain views for seeking attention certain ways. You will realize as time goes on how different people with autism are from one another based on type groups. The autism way of thinking for instances more often then not not exactly true but rather assumption. No o...

 Forum: Autism Politics, Activism, and Media Representation   Topic: Time to stand up against anti-cure

Posted: 10 May 2011, 2:57 am 

Replies: 206
Views: 16,628


If the mainstream dialogue about cure was about treatment - speech therapy, social skills classes, motor skills training and all that - I think that most people in both the current "anti-cure" and "pro-cure" factions would be in agreement that this is a good thing. Very few people would be anti-cure...

 Forum: Autism Politics, Activism, and Media Representation   Topic: Does autism need a It Gets Better campaign?

Posted: 28 Jan 2011, 4:02 am 

Replies: 23
Views: 8,835


It seems a lot - not nearly all, but a good number - of people on the spectrum's problems stem from public ignorance and stigma. We learn to value ourselves less, to lower our expectations, to question or even abandon thinking that we are inherently worth as much as non-autistic people. THIS is exac...

 Forum: Love and Dating   Topic: Why are a lot of women on here so hypocritical???

Posted: 21 Oct 2010, 12:37 am 

Replies: 186
Views: 15,870


Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying "The woman's place is in the home", nor do I have any problem with having a boss who's female. The point is she would've known it would make me undesirable to other women; that's what made it so utterly heinous. Jeez, and god forbid your boss, who has at least som...

 Forum: Autism Politics, Activism, and Media Representation   Topic: American Children Tortured

Posted: 09 Aug 2010, 12:53 am 

Replies: 55
Views: 7,725


About the electric shock level - the JRC has revised its GED three times (they are now on GED-IV) to make it more painful. Just to be clear, this means that they have shocked people who are sent there so much that they have had to make three subsequent versions of the machine to make sure that they'...

 Forum: Autism Politics, Activism, and Media Representation   Topic: I'm kind of offended by The Autistic Pride movements

Posted: 16 Jul 2010, 12:03 am 

Replies: 59
Views: 19,600


Please go read about the use of aversives like electric skin shock on autistic people at the Judge Rotenberg Center. Read about the use of restraint and seclusion, which often leads to serious injury, psychological trauma and even death, on autistic people for the most minor of annoying behaviors in...

 Forum: Autism Politics, Activism, and Media Representation   Topic: Aspie teen arrested for Sitting While Black

Posted: 17 Jun 2010, 7:02 pm 

Replies: 69
Views: 13,512


Jeez, this is awful. :\ I really hope that he and his family can find an excellent legal team to get him off the hook, and then sue the pants off the police department and/or the city (to say nothing of the person who reported him for being "suspicious" for sitting outside a library) for how they've...

 Forum: Women's Discussion   Topic: Good science fiction and fantasy books?

Posted: 10 Jun 2010, 10:23 pm 

Replies: 46
Views: 9,011


I second Discworld and Temeraire. I'd also recommend A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin, if you're into big medieval (low) fantasy epics with lots of characters.

 Forum: Women's Discussion   Topic: Is there even a point to living if you're ugly?

Posted: 08 Jun 2010, 10:14 pm 

Replies: 173
Views: 88,298


I can say from experience that life can be worth living as a woman that the mainstream culture would consider "ugly." I've got a couple facial deformities and, depending on how you count it, 7 or 8 scars. Yeah, it's sucked sometimes, but I still like being me as I am more than I want to be anybody o...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Today's college students lack empathy?

Posted: 31 May 2010, 9:31 pm 

Replies: 23
Views: 2,863


Hmm. I answered "yes" to a lot of the questions about feeling bad about people who are suffering, but I had a hard time with the questions asking about whether I can see other people's point of view when I disagree with them. It almost seems like the test was confusing sympathy with empathy. I can f...

 Forum: Autism Politics, Activism, and Media Representation   Topic: We Shouldn't be Offended by Ppl. Saying Autism is a Illness

Posted: 31 May 2010, 9:09 pm 

Replies: 17
Views: 2,457


Everyone has a right to their opinion, but that does not preclude other people from questioning their opinion, and hopefully helping them to refine it if it is based on inaccuracies or biases. I am also uncomfortable with the language of "illness" with regards to spectrum conditions. Even if it does...

 Forum: Autism Politics, Activism, and Media Representation   Topic: Autistic boy, 10, handcuffed by police during anxiety attack

Posted: 30 May 2010, 11:14 pm 

Replies: 27
Views: 5,151


Okay, I've been reading about two of these cases today, and in both cases people are saying that the parents of the kids are to blame for these sorts of incidents for even trying to mainstream their kids. I'm not saying that I know for a fact that the parents are faultless - for all I know, they cou...

 Forum: News and Current Events   Topic: 13 year old autistic boy arrested for meltdown

Posted: 30 May 2010, 6:35 pm 

Replies: 36
Views: 7,372


As if the incident weren't disgusting enough, the comments on the article were absolutely sickening. No wonder more regular human rights abuses against the disabled like those that occur at the JRC or some mental institutions get overlooked, if this is how most people read the situation. :( I can't ...

 Forum: Autism Politics, Activism, and Media Representation   Topic: Torture of autistics at the Judge Rothenberg Center

Posted: 30 May 2010, 1:58 pm 

Replies: 73
Views: 13,433


Amnesty International needs to know about this. I think the Human Rights Campaign as well. I think this outrages me more than Wal-Mart, BP, the GOP, Enron, AIG, and MTV combined. Unfortunately, a bunch of the human rights organizations have been contacted about this, but few have shown interest. Al...
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