Sometimes I feel like I am running a page for rape survivors (and I am a rape survivor, by the way), and every time I post about a case in which a man has raped a women, half of the news story was some man talking about how he hopes this rape will make us more sympathetic to how hard things are for men in society and how he hopes this rape will bring attention to the socio-economic factors that are driving men to rape. And then, when I complain about that, a group of men come in to comment about how, no, being a man is really hard and we should, although we must never resort to rape, sympathize with the rapist and never dare to judge him!
Autism is not a disease, it’s not a sickness, and the vast majority of autistic people do not want to be “cured.” Autism is a huge part of us, and removing it would radically change us as human beings. When you talk about “curing” autism, you are talking about eugenics. You are not helping us, you are not supporting us, and you are certainly not listening to us.
We don’t want to be changed, we don’t want bleach enemas, hug therapy, or to be treated like we’re dogs to be trained to your standards. We want to be listened to. We want to be accepted. We want to live in a world where people don’t see us as burdens that need to be eradicated so that “normal” people can have easier lives. We are not a public health crisis that needs to be stamped out; we’re human beings with – believe it or not – real emotions and thoughts of our own and everything.