You need to stop talking.
I am autistic. I AM THE PERSON YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT. I HAVE LIVED WHAT YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT. I AM THAT AUTISTIC PERSON.
You need to stop talking.
Congratulations, you’re autistic. That doesn’t give you carte blanche to act like a fucking tool to people voicing an opinion that differs from your own. My cousin has, over the course of his life, made very visible progress in being able to function in society. Less than 10 years ago, he couldn’t handle being in an amusement park because a nearby roller coaster was too loud for him to handle. Now he’s no different from any 14-year-old I’ve ever known. He’s sociable, doesn’t have massive freakouts like he used to, and is absolutely brilliant in ways I will never be.
THAT is what the spectrum measures. “How well, on a scale of 1-10, does this person handle the every-day shit that goes on away from his computer?” My cousin has gone from barely able to handle leaving the house to outgoing and social, where in most people’s lives that first part wouldn’t have been an issue. When all you can do is say “I’m autistic, either listen to me or shut up,” you’re using it to shame other people, and that is despicable.
I could not possibly care less about anything else, but when you decided to use the particular makeup of your brain to tell people that they aren’t allowed to offer opinions on a public post that you made, you have both lost my respect as a human being, and no longer deserve to have a place in a public forum until you learn to participate like an adult.
You know what, guys? Crystalwarrior72 is right.
We need to give equal respect to the words of Young Earth Creationists as we give to paleontologists and geologists.
We need to give equal voice to climate change deniers as we give to actual climate scientists.
We need to give equal attention to the opinions of KKK members when it comes to racism as people of colour.
We need to give equal debate time to violent homophobes about marriage equality or neutral bathrooms as to LGBTQ people.
We need to give equal thought and attention and respect to the words of Nazi eugenicists as to the words of disabled people.
It’s important to listen to everyone’s voice equally! Everyone deserves to have a turn to speak and have their voice heard. Even if their voice is vitriolic, hateful, factually wrong or inconsistent. It doesn’t matter how wrong or hurtful their opinions are, how dangerous or influentual those ideas are, everyone needs to be heard equally. No matter their level of expertise or first-hand experience.
A climate scientist with a PhD and years of field experience is no more qualified to talk about climate change than a ten-year-old child who is failing grade 4 science. They are both absolutely equal and valid opinions.
I’ve been so wrong this whole time, I hope you can forgive me.
/talks about their autistic cousin behind his back and shames him for not being able to handle going to a goddamn noisy amusement park as though he’s the one with a problem, using functioning labels
Fuck your opinion.