The Politics of Restraining Order

A lot has been said about how authorities coddle Gen Z and Millennials and how this generation has not learned how to tolerate the mildest forms of being offended and being made uncomfortable. I would agree, in part, but the issue is not so much that the adults taught them that they were special andContinue reading “The Politics of Restraining Order”

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”

Is Being Popular Immoral?

                Of course, not, per se. That is not the question I actually seek to answer. A lot of the work I do in disability advocacy, more than the other politics I do, involves fighting the sociology of cliques and even this far into my adulthood, the world is still very high school-esque. The questionContinue reading “Is Being Popular Immoral?”

The Demon-Haunted World

With the rise in Q-Anon, the issue of sensationalism has become one of existential danger. Our school system and our police culture was and is embedded with the toxic beliefs about superpredators and pedophiles. Children were thrown into cells and had their lives ruined, SPED classrooms became detention centers with panicked faculty at what wasContinue reading “The Demon-Haunted World”

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”

The Death of Eccentricity

Recently, I was reading Jonathan Haidt’s dissertation from 1992 entitled “Should you eat your dog?” A paper that covers an issue very important to many people on the spectrum. It focuses on the morality of harmless offenses that are considered offensive. Now, I will avoid using the term harmless in favor of the word eccentricContinue reading “The Death of Eccentricity”

The Science of Credulity

Malcolm Gladwell’s most recent book was Talking to Strangers. Given the content, I disagree with the title. So long as it’s daylight and there is no fear of danger, strangers should be talked to as that makes people more multicultural, worldly, and empathetic to people of diverse backgrounds. Without question, as long as it’s safe,Continue reading “The Science of Credulity”

Will Sex Return?

                One of the great less broadcast questions infecting the minds of sociologists is whether the decline in romantic relationships and sexuality is temporary or not. It seems that the decline will never fully reverse and human sexuality will seldom return to late-twentieth century levels. Some of the reasons are more physical than sociological, theContinue reading “Will Sex Return?”

Urban Planning in Space Colonies

In the next few years our species is going to build its first cities in space and one of my great fears is that when they do, the cities will grow organically based on the utilitarian needs of the first settlers. Building cities from scratch comes with the wonderful opportunity to create something beautiful andContinue reading “Urban Planning in Space Colonies”

Reticence: The Anglo-American Suppression of Emotion

One of the sad facts of our culture is that expressions of emotion are likely to viewed with derision or fear or, when not dangerous, get the cops called or HR involved. Sorrow, laughter, anger, joy, longing, and many more are feared when manifested outside the confines of a therapist’s office. Last time I criedContinue reading “Reticence: The Anglo-American Suppression of Emotion”