Welcome back! This week, we will continue to look at the Autistic/Asperger dilemma, taking a look at what kind of tactic it is and how it’s perpetuated (all the while I try to see if I can fit in some humour here or there in this depressing topic. Still more fun than writing an exam). But without further ado, let's get going (or, as the Irish and some others pronounce it, let's get goin).
To do a take from that popular Boney M song back in the day, Ohhh those Irish.
So what kind of tactic is it exactly? Will, according to the article from Autistictic, it’s a silencing tactic, made specifically to...will, “silence other autistic voices” (Autistictic, The Autistic Dilemma - Functioning, paragraph 6). The name pretty much says it all. They are used by “harmful people” (Autistictic, The Autistic Dilemma - Functioning, re: trolls, bored kids, the comment section) to try and shut down an person with Autism/Aspergers, everytime we try to speak out against both someone, or something, negative.
These harmful people, who employ the dilemma against us, claim that someone has to have the “right amount” (Autistictic, The Autistic Dilemma - Functioning, paragraph 7) of Autism/Aspergers for someone to have, in order for them to even consider what we have to say. Yes, you read that right, the “right amount” of Autism/Aspergers. No, it’s not the effect of the computer’s light playing your eyes, nore is it a trick of the light bouncing of the magazine pages if you're reading this from one. Now no more questions. (sigh), okay, one more question, you in the back, “Do they really believe this?” Actually, no ,they don't.
The “right amount” of Autism/Aspergers they say someone should have is agree-with-them-on-everything kg, or 13 Pds of horse manure. The actual “amount” of Autism/Asperger’s you have matters not a drop. It’s a highly convenient debate tool for them, enabling (an appropriate word for this kind of topic I think) them to disengage themselves from the topic at hand and from having to defend their actions/views. By merely saying that the person on the other side is either too much Autistic/Aspergers, or not Autistic/Aspergers enough, frees them from the tiresome activity of having a fair, rational and respectful debate. Such things are sooooo last year.
Of course exact measurements vary from person to person. In order to make sure you have the correct measurements, scoop out thinking-for-yourself kg, or 2mm, than smooth it out and you'll have the “right mount”.
Well, that does it for this week's post. I was hoping to get to the part where we learn how the dilemma is perpetuated, even had a cool name for this post that rhymed, but I’ll have to save it for the next post, especially if I want this ready before Christmas (which, by the way, I have one already in the works for that as will). But until then, this continues to be, the Audacious Aspie.
Welcome back! This week, we will tackle a problem concerning labels (and no, it's not that they exist), but rather two certain types of labels. One fellow blogger has called it the “Autistic Dilemma”, though it affects both people diagnosed with either Autism or Aspergers. What is the “Autistic Dilemma”? Put simply, society either declares you to be A) too Autsitic/Aspie, or B) not Autistic or Aspie enough. But wait, there's more! (there’s always more. No one ever says “but wait, there’s less!”).
Un”less” it’s one of those commercials that tries to shoehorn the saying “less is more” and trying to turn it into some kind of lame joke. (sigh), commercialists, don’t quit your day jobs.
Now according to Autistictic, the negative effects of the dilemma are thus: people can be “more” or “less” Autistic/Aspie, much the same way as telemarketers can be “more” or “less” annoying, and I know what I’m talking about: I’m the son of an insurance salesman. Being either/or means that society can justify itself treating you differently compared to someone else, who is also Autistic/Aspie. And last but not least (you'll love this one), society has more of a right to “designate how impaired the person is rather than the people themselves” (Autsitictic, THE AUTISTIC DILEMMA-FUNCTIONING).
What does this mean? Will, from what I understand, it’s a tactic used by our detractors to try and silence us in the discussions about Autism/Aspergers, to ignore whatever we have to say on the subject. As will, I believe that it is an attempt to cause a rift within the Autistic/Asperger’s community, an imaginary conflict over who is “better”, people who are “more” or “less” on the spectrum. In either case, by taking a look at the dilemma, we can begin to see not only how wrong and disenfranchising it is within the Autistic/Asperger discourse, but also come up with replies to individuals who might attempt to use such a tactic. But first, let us understand some of the aspects about the dilemma.
Knowing if only half the battle. And after all, research is fun right!? Right?
First off, according to the dilemma, if you are “not Autistic/Aspie “enough, you are: supposed to be silenced in discussions around A/A (Autism/Asperger) spectrum because you can’t understand what “real” Autism/Asperger’s is like. You're not diagnosed because you don’t seem A/A enough (not sure if this diagnosis is, in this context, coming from the internet troll or a psychiatrist or such). Denied support because you are able to do some stuff that, stereotypically, people with A/A are not supposed to be able to do (this is also the reason, according to the article, that you could be denied adequate healthcare). Or finally: be talked over in online (or, assuming, live) discussions by someone who is “voicing their own opinion” (Autistictic, THE AUTISTIC DILEMMA-FUNCTIONING).
However, if you are “too” A/A, than: you are to be silenced because you supposedly don’t have the capacity to understand the topic of discussion, or to communicate what you want. Automatically assumed incompetent because you can’t speak or perform some daily tasks without assistance. Denied the opportunity to partake in, or perform an, activity because you are supposedly unable to do it. Denied adequate healthcare because, will it’s just your A/A showing. And finally: you need someone to speak for you, without even considering your own views about the topic being discussed.
Well, that does it for this week's post. Next week, we will continue to discover more and more about this dilemma of ours, and how we can solve it (much like solving a 1000-piece puzzle: all the frustration and consternation, twice the fun!). Until next time, this continues to be, the Audacious Aspie.
Darius McCollum, who has Asperger's, has impersonated NYC transit authority workers more than 100 times and has been arrested 32 times.