Being Seen as Retarded: The Problems of the Conflation of Both Ends of the Spectrum

There is an entire political movement on the high end of the spectrum and the primary aim of that movement, more than anything, is to delineate us from the low end of the spectrum. If Autism Speaks, renamed itself, Low Autism Speaks, then they wouldn’t offend the large number of autistic people who currently loatheContinue reading “Being Seen as Retarded: The Problems of the Conflation of Both Ends of the Spectrum”

Why I’m Not a Heathen: Most Aspies are Atheists so Why am I not?

Most aspies are atheists and this is attributed to our logical and rational worldview. Yet, I would counter that the reason most aspies don’t believe in God is more a matter of disposition than logic. As it says in my info, I am of the minority of aspies that is extroverted and while I doContinue reading “Why I’m Not a Heathen: Most Aspies are Atheists so Why am I not?”

Dethroning Regina George: How to Redistribute Social Capital

Before on this website, I have written articles about the realities of being bullied for a disability, many of which people wouldn’t guess. Within those, I wrote about how anti-bullying policies tend to not be effective for various reasons. First, in Circus Monkey bullying that the bullying is consensual and to separate the victim andContinue reading “Dethroning Regina George: How to Redistribute Social Capital”

Nursing Anxiety: How to and Not to Treat Acute Attacks

After everything that went wrong in handling my autism came the consequences of such poor conditions. That would be the PTSD, anxiety, and depression that emerged from the inferno that was my childhood and adolescence. As I’ve said in earlier articles, I have no interest in feeling sorry for myself and I am scientifically describingContinue reading “Nursing Anxiety: How to and Not to Treat Acute Attacks”

Why Are Autistic People So Unemployed? An Aspie Explains the Reasons.

An issue that often comes up living on the spectrum is jobs, how to get them, and how we manage at them. Like with everything else, I describe the reality of the spectrum experience is different than what one might expect. Jobs have their own subcultures and those subcultures often don’t include you. When someoneContinue reading “Why Are Autistic People So Unemployed? An Aspie Explains the Reasons.”

Platonic Friendships: The Asperger’s Guide to Fraternal Love

While dating on the spectrum may be a juicier topic, the issue of platonic friendships is probably more important. Maslow was wrong about the degree to which sex is important to mental health but friendship is very important. Yet, sadly, friendship is more complex than just making friends. Friendship is the most important type ofContinue reading “Platonic Friendships: The Asperger’s Guide to Fraternal Love”

Cutting and Suicide in the Deep South

                For all of Charleston’s faults, it has become more politically liberal and socially progressive and with that came a greater sympathy for those enduring personal traumas. While it has been far from perfect, the northern transplants that have made this city more progressive have not taken what may be considered the boys-will-be-boys approach toContinue reading “Cutting and Suicide in the Deep South”

The Spectrum Card: Dalliances of Pity and Dishonor

                One of the phenomenon that one experiences being an extrovert on the spectrum is having the juicier details of the horror story that is my life told and people having an immediate and visceral emotional reaction. Given my worst bullying stories are physical and involve penises and projectiles, it is not uncommon that theContinue reading “The Spectrum Card: Dalliances of Pity and Dishonor”

Why I Don’t Date: An Answer to a Common Question of Asperger’s Folk

Typically, I write political articles but I know a lot of people who probably would like insights into my experience on the spectrum in less fiery and polemic ways. Such as dating and why I’m not doing it. One of the main things I notice, being on the spectrum, is what people think things areContinue reading “Why I Don’t Date: An Answer to a Common Question of Asperger’s Folk”

Life in a Criminal Class: The Autistic Existence in the Institutional Ghetto

Growing up on the spectrum, there was a facet of life ever degrading that neurotypical society played out that circumvented their conscious minds. If they recognized this, then they possibly would act in a more humane manner toward the more deviant neurologies of their human siblings. That would be the double standard of behavior theContinue reading “Life in a Criminal Class: The Autistic Existence in the Institutional Ghetto”