People With Asperger’s Don’t Have A Monopoly On Being Callous

April 21, 2011

Take the tone of this Jezebel post, for example. I’m sure that the author meant no harm, but the language here is pretty careless. Do you know what it feels like to be someone who actually has the horrible affliction in question? I wish I could make some sort of flippant joke about it, but the truth is that it’s hurtful.

Asperger’s comes with a goodie bag filled with frustrating and annoying struggles, and it’s certainly not a 24/7 party, but the only serious issues I’ve personally had with my autism have been, at their roots, problems of misunderstandings, miscommunication and intolerance.

Poor parents who are going to freak out that their child might have that awful Asperger’s disease on account of the original article and journalists who get righteously indignant that parents might freak out about that awful Asperger’s disease are certainly a greater threat to my general well-being than my ongoing feuds with the analog clock and uncomfortable crotch nubs on jeans.


2 Responses to “People With Asperger’s Don’t Have A Monopoly On Being Callous”

  1. Rhodolite Says:

    Jezebel’s writers have been posting some bigoted articles lately. Meh.

  2. You’re right.
    I love the idea of Jezebel, but I can’t imagine that they have any readers who aren’t white, straight, cisgendered, middle class, college-educated, neurotypical and otherwise abled who haven’t been let down and burned by the content and tone of a lot of their posts.

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