Why do we need to be compared all the time? 

This is a brilliant blog post by Luke Beardon of Sheffield university, UK. I agree with every word. 

https://blogs.shu.ac.uk/autism/2017/03/03/why-do-autistics-need-to-be-compared-to-the-predominant-neurotype-all-the-time/

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Author: thiswomanisdifferent

Coming to terms with Asperger's syndrome at 56 years old.

5 thoughts on “Why do we need to be compared all the time? ”

  1. not to be cynical, but theres big money in fixing *hair-loss*

    when you consider that hair is way less important than this, (but i didnt say entirely unimportant) and that some people choose to remove all of theirs, it stands to reason theres big money in making your kids “normal.”

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      1. yes, i think you probably misunderstood me.

        if i had to guess, you asked a rhetorical question and i answered it anyway. for what its worth, it was not critical of you or your post– it was aimed at an industry, but intended as a response to what you said.

        i hope that helps.

        either way, i intended you no ill 🙂 i would explain further, but sometimes when theres a misunderstanding i try to explain (sometimes it helps, other times not) and other times, i just sort of back away. no worries though, im still a subscriber and i like your blog 🙂

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  2. Ah, OK, I see. I thought it was a response to the content of the blog I highlighted. So yes, I agree with what you are saying.
    Sorry, I’ve had a tough few days, I’m hardly thinking straight at the moment. I’m having to fight my corner a bit, and I am sick of being compared to a group that just happen to be the majority. If we were the majority, I can think of a number of things NT’s aren’t so crash hot at. Telling the truth for one.
    Sorry, I’m upset and angry about the reaction of some other people this last few days. Why can’t I just be me and meet “them” in the middle when we do have to interact?

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  3. please, no worries– we are allies.

    “Why can’t I just be me and meet “them” in the middle when we do have to interact? ” <- this, and why cant they meet us, too? the answer is they dont know how, and theyre in the majority. so "logically" (to them, not to you and me) the "answer is"

    1. figure out how we differ

    2. fix the differences

    how terribly oppressive and mundane, i know. not to mention of dubious morality. however, any time you treat something as a "disease" the next logical step is to "cure" it. this is why it becomes much more important to:

    1. be very careful what you call a "disease"

    2. be very careful how much stress you put on "cures" and "treatments."

    the old way of "treating" homosexuality for example (as a disease with a cure) should instruct any decent person. unfortunately, even decent people can be clueless.

    advocacy is the answer, imo. take your time– its not all on your shoulders. there are more allies all the time. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Autism_rights_movement#Perspectives

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