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So 1 out of every 88 kids is diagnosed with autism these days, right?
That means, in the large scale, there are 81 million of us in the world.
There are only 15 countries in the entire world which have populations greater than 81 million people.
And yet neurotypicals are shocked when we’re not all exactly like one another. And they’re shocked like we’re rare. There are literally more autistic people in the world than people living in Germany. And yet I can still get sweet, well-meaning people being shocked when I tell them I’m autistic because I’m friendly and sociable.
There are 81 million of us. There is naturally going to be as much diversity in personality, intelligence, ability, skills, and preferences in our population as in any other population. All of us are different because we’re different people and our differences are not symptoms.
I wonder how often neurotypical people get told by coworkers and clerks and strangers on the street that they don’t seem neurotypical on account of they defy some monolithic stereotype. That their experience of neurotypicality is invalid or lesser because they don’t wedge into a stereotype.
81 million of us. But of course we must all be the same.
"i love you," bono whispers to his wife. "oh honey," she whispers back, "i love you too." bono rolls over in bed and stares at the ceiling as she drifts off to sleep. why cant she love him for who he is and not just his band
Frogman, I have a snake. He's a six month old ball python named Loki and he's a super adorable ball of squish. When I tell people about my babysnake, people respond with things like "I'd kill it if I could! Snakes are gross!" It really upsets me because he's my babysnake and I love him, but I don't know how to respond to them. I know some people have phobias of snakes and I don't want to invalidate them, but at the same time, he's my babysnake and those jokes hurt. How do I talk to them?
Well, first I would tell them they are jerks for wanting to kill my pet.
Then after slapping them with a fish…
I would kindly tell them that a domesticated pet snake is very different than finding a snake in the wild. You are raising it, getting it adjusted to humans, and keeping it well fed and healthy so it doesn’t have a crazed temperament that hunger can cause in animals.
If they have phobias, they don’t have to see or touch the snake. But telling you they would kill your pet is just a jerk move… even if it is in jest.
I would let them know that isn’t cool. Offer to prove them wrong and have them meet Loki. Tell them he makes you happy and you don’t appreciate the death threats and talk of him being gross. Maybe ask how they would feel if you said that about their puppy or kitty. Turn it around on them.
Personally, I think snakes and lizards and all manners of herptiles can be quite cute. But if I found a wild snake hiding in my closet I would run screaming with my arms flailing and then call a braver person than myself to take them back to the wild.
People need to realize that pets and wild animals are very different things. Even the more slithery ones.
Snakes are cool. Give Loki a pat on the [wherever snakes like to be patted] for me.
um so lemme get this straight…tiana starts her own business in a time where black women had next to no rights….mulan pretty much saves china and becomes a top ranking military official….but the annoying sister in frozen makes a throwaway line about being gassy and gets lauded as the the first feminist princess??
millions of real existing people fall in love with straight men. what the fuck
im still thinking about this. they dont just befriend and hang out with straight men, they get emotional about them. they think ‘this person is the best thing that ever happened to me’. i think there was a time when this phenomenon made sense to me but now it does not.
i want someone to hold my hand in crowded places & talk to cashiers for me
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