Autism & Empathy

One commonly cited symptom of autism is our apparent lack of empathy. It conveys the idea that we’re hard, STEM-oriented, robots without the capacity for human connection. The fact is, while there are large portions of the autistic population who don’t compensate for their low oxytocin and other sympathetic neurochemical levels with other means ofContinue reading “Autism & Empathy”

The System To Handle Bullying

When I expound on my history of being bullied, my tactics regarding how I handled it are almost universally objected to. That of peer-to-peer diplomacy as opposed to beating them up or involving vice principals or the police. The idea that I forgave them is also either shocking to or opposed by them. Yet, ironically,Continue reading “The System To Handle Bullying”

The “Music” Movie: Another Autistic Evisceration of it

Many of my compatriots on the spectrum have lambasted the movie for many reasons. It seemed to be an attempt at adapting the horrendous 1970s-set 2003 movie “Radio” to low-functioning autism and using digital music instead of handheld radios. The movie posits that autistic people are childish, awe-filled, people with preschool imaginations filled with lollipopsContinue reading “The “Music” Movie: Another Autistic Evisceration of it”

Autism Advocacy: Was This My First Choice in Politics?

The answer to that question is no. My first major foray into politics was the Obama campaign in 2008 and my first major protest was Occupy Wall Street in 2011. Neither of those concerned themselves, in any significant capacity, with disability rights. My views on the anti-bullying movement back then were cynical because while IContinue reading “Autism Advocacy: Was This My First Choice in Politics?”

Do Neurotypicals Have Social Skills?

                As someone with autism, it is always taken for granted that neurotypicals have excellent social skills and I should aspire to one day attain their level of acumen in that field. In earlier blogs, I have mentioned how society treats a lack of social skills, those resulting in offensive or otherwise abnormal behaviors, asContinue reading “Do Neurotypicals Have Social Skills?”

Advocacy and Self-Pity: How to Avoid the Latter While Doing the Former

                As an extrovert with an expertise in communications and politics, it is a civic duty that I represent my people and my best utilities to do that include my own personal experiences and using them means telling sob stories from my personal history. In doing so, I feel less emotional about them than I’mContinue reading “Advocacy and Self-Pity: How to Avoid the Latter While Doing the Former”

From Westies to Weebs: The Diversity of the Spectrum

Autism is a polyphyletic group. It hasn’t been proven to be one conclusively but I think it is safe to assume that it is a group of similar conditions rather than a singe condition. The diversity of the spectrum is not spoken about often except to delineate the higher from the lower functioning among us.Continue reading “From Westies to Weebs: The Diversity of the Spectrum”

Running a Friendship: Aspie Style

While this is about platonic friendships, I’ll begin with something less than platonic: flirting. Flirting has been explained to me as attempting to romantically or sexually woo a partner without them realizing it, usually with a stranger.  It seems dishonest because it is and I would never do it. It represents the deceit with whichContinue reading “Running a Friendship: Aspie Style”

Social Age: Should an Official Age be Adjusted for Development?

One of the biggest problems with regards to developmentally different people is that their stages of development are slower and longer than neurotypicals. Now to abate any anticipated fears, the idea of adjusting someone’s age to their level of development would not normalize, justify, or validate anything sexually perverted. The maximum difference that this wouldContinue reading “Social Age: Should an Official Age be Adjusted for Development?”

The Rules: Liability, Paranoia, and the Death of Informality

The greatest impediment to my personal success has been the rules. I’m not a delinquent, not even close. I’ve never touched alcohol, recreational drugs, tobacco, been in a fight, shoplifted, had my first kiss, I don’t even have a tattoo, and so on. I have never been the type of person whom the rules shouldContinue reading “The Rules: Liability, Paranoia, and the Death of Informality”