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Virtuous Strength

Strong Is The New Skinny, And That’s Not Necessarily A Good Thing—go read this. I read it this morning, and it helped trigger some clarity for the loose thoughts about health and “health” culture (and its inevitable overlap with disability) … Continue reading

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Social and Moral Panic

I stumbled across this public denunciation of well-educated women who choose to become homemakers recently, and while it’s not substantively different from most other denunciations of homemaking as a career choice, there was an aspect of it which I considered … Continue reading

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Freedom and Fraternity (Houses)

When is an autistic person ready for adulthood? When is he or she ready for, and mature enough to handle, the decisions and responsibilities that accompany autonomous adult life? The question isn’t clear-cut with neurotypical youth, either.  Attitudes vary, and … Continue reading

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Homesteading

Inspired by this useful and thoughtful post. I have no problem whatsoever with the choice to grow or raise one’s own food. I think it’s a valid, even admirable choice, and I firmly oppose laws or ordinances that unduly infringe … Continue reading

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My Brain Is Not An Assault Rifle

I didn’t want to write this post. I didn’t want to write about the Sandy Hook massacre of 27 people, 20 of them children. I don’t typically write about strong emotions, and what is the aftermath of the death of … Continue reading

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Dear Internet Smartasses:

We get it. The people you disagree with are stupid and deserve to be insulted. And what worse insult can you think of than calling them “retarded” or “mentally ill” or “bipolar” or “schizophrenic” or “autistic”? Or perhaps just suggesting … Continue reading

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Dress for Self-Respect (or don’t)

I’ve been known to be just a touch sensitive about the gendered aspects of pop psychology, particularly the premise that the female of the species is predisposed to self-hatred. Of course we’re damaged, vulnerable, abuse-seeking, self-loathing tubes of distressed damselhood, … Continue reading

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8 Doses Hydrogen Hydroxide, Taken Daily: An Intensive, Demanding Therapy Regimen

“Something is better than nothing!”—the rallying cry of defenders of autism therapies, however harmful, quackery-based, abusive, or senseless they may be. The worst treatment plan is infinitely better than no treatment plan at all, isn’t it? Who are we to … Continue reading

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The Rape of Mr. Smith, 2012: With New & Improved Victim-Blaming!

The issue of rape has gotten considerable press time lately, prompted by a certain politician’s remark that pregnancy is impossible in cases of “legitimate rape,” or perhaps by that politician’s attempt to redefine federal law to require sexual assault to … Continue reading

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From the Sanguinary Files, Part Three: The Anecdata of Pain

The post you’ve all been waiting for. I apologize for the delay; this has been “in the works” for months now, but life and distraction and general bloggy-incompetence get in the way. Note: As with all Sanguinary Files posts, may … Continue reading

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