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 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Anyone here on Anti-depressants?

Posted: 04 Nov 2011, 2:23 pm 

Replies: 41
Views: 3,641

I have mixed feelings about anti-depressants. I don't think anyone's first reaction to a person being mildly or moderately depressed ought to be medication. In many cases studies have shown that other treatments are just as effective for mild to moderate depression, and they don't have the potential...

 Forum: Social Skills and Making Friends   Topic: What are polite ways to quit a club?

Posted: 31 Oct 2011, 6:15 pm 

Replies: 16
Views: 17,732

They are not entitled to specifics. +1 I'd add that they're not entitled to anything. I have a friend who is on the spectrum who has a really, really hard time not giving a full and truthful answer to every question he is asked. It's really hard for him to grasp the distinction between lying and ju...

 Forum: Adult Autism Issues   Topic: Sex without Love or Love without Sex?

Posted: 31 Oct 2011, 6:10 pm 

Replies: 65
Views: 1,298

Love without sex. No contest. I could be quite happy with that.

 Forum: School and College Life   Topic: What is the grading like at your school?

Posted: 28 Oct 2011, 8:30 pm 

Replies: 13
Views: 2,493

I'm in the USA. At my university the possible grades for letter-graded coursework, at least for undergrads, are: A (4.0) A- (3.67) B+ (3.33) B (3.0) B- (2.67) C+ (2.33) C (2.0) C- (1.67) D+ (1.33) D (1.0) F (0.0) (There are other "special" grades like W if you withdrew from a class, P for pass/fail ...

 Forum: LGBT Discussion   Topic: Transgender & Transsexual

Posted: 28 Oct 2011, 8:12 pm 

Replies: 48
Views: 12,876

I want it noted that the term "gender assigned at birth" is utterly silly, since we can not be assigned a gender that young in age, we do not have brain sofisticated enough for that kind of code at that age. What? Where I live everyone is assigned either a male or female gender at birth, and I'm pr...

 Forum: LGBT Discussion   Topic: Autism and Gender - Transgender Issues

Posted: 28 Oct 2011, 6:54 pm 

Replies: 59
Views: 14,746

So am I autistic, or am I just someone who was raised as the wrong gender? That's what I wonder. It sounds to me like you are both. But it is very plausible to me that autistic traits are even more stigmatized when they appear in females than in males. I think the interaction between autism, gender...

 Forum: LGBT Discussion   Topic: Interesting Observation Concerning Sexuality and Choice

Posted: 28 Oct 2011, 6:43 pm 

Replies: 54
Views: 7,442

I don't care is sexuality is a "choice" or not. Whether one "chooses" to be gay is irrelevant to the fact they deserve the same respect as anyone else. Well said. I didn't choose to be gay. But if I did, it still wouldn't justify people hating me. (On the other hand, one can certainly choose whethe...

 Forum: School and College Life   Topic: How do you do with group projects?

Posted: 28 Oct 2011, 6:27 pm 

Replies: 34
Views: 6,201

In general I don't like it. When you get a group of four or six random people or whatever, inevitably some of the people in that group will try to do as little work as possible, and/or will just be really obnoxious people with whom it is very hard to work. Now, if I get to choose who I am working wi...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: FaceBlind

Posted: 28 Oct 2011, 1:07 am 

Replies: 12
Views: 3,678

I wouldn't call myself face-blind, but sort of... Face-recognition-challenged? I can recognize faces. I am much worse than average at it but not totally incapable.

 Forum: Social Skills and Making Friends   Topic: What are polite ways to quit a club?

Posted: 27 Oct 2011, 2:34 am 

Replies: 16
Views: 17,732

I'd just stop showing up.

If someone asks why you haven't been coming any more, say you've been too busy.

I've belonged to quite a number of clubs at my university. People start and stop coming all the time. No one really thinks much of it.

 Forum: LGBT Discussion   Topic: Why won't anyone refer to me as "it"?

Posted: 25 Oct 2011, 12:51 am 

Replies: 55
Views: 9,392

Also, for what it's worth, I know more than one trans person who has been called "it" specifically as a way of demeaning them based on their gender. So not only is it generally a bad thing to call someone, it's a sort of transphobic slur, hence my "fa***t" example.

 Forum: LGBT Discussion   Topic: Why won't anyone refer to me as "it"?

Posted: 24 Oct 2011, 7:58 pm 

Replies: 55
Views: 9,392

I guess I can see why they would think it's insulting, but if I tell them "it" doesn't insult me, why do they still think it's insulting? We've been conditioned to think of calling someone "it" as a bad thing. You saying you're not insulted by it is not going to stop people from feeling very uncomf...

 Forum: LGBT Discussion   Topic: Why won't anyone refer to me as "it"?

Posted: 24 Oct 2011, 12:00 pm 

Replies: 55
Views: 9,392

"They" is an imperfect solution, but I can't think of anything better. It's definitely better than "it."

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Feeling in denial

Posted: 24 Oct 2011, 3:27 am 

Replies: 17
Views: 1,920

I'm not sure if I ever feel in denial, exactly, but I certainly feel doubt. Part of this has to do with the frustration of being in this sort of weird limbo between professionally diagnosed and self-diagnosed, probably. If and when I get a truly "formal" diagnosis that will probably lessen some of t...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Addicted to the night.

Posted: 24 Oct 2011, 2:42 am 

Replies: 35
Views: 3,318

LjosalfrBlot wrote:
Nah, I'm generally not into telling people what to do. My life just changed so I'm required to stay up during the day.

Yeah... I wish I could do that.
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