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October 26, 2007

October 26, 2007

Fantasies

Most of my fantasies, as a younger child, centered around television characters. However, by the time I approached eleven years old, my fantasies revolved almost exclusively around religion (including constructing my own), parapsychology, and UFOs.

I actually turned those fantasies into a career. I am a full-time college sociology professor with a specialization in religious studies.

Neurotypicalism

The bullying I received, as a child and young teen (and sometimes as an adult), was deeply painful and, I suggest, would even constitute a category of oppression. It is, in my view, largely irrelevant that the perpetrators were ignorant concerning my high-functioning autism. I myself had a clouded and distorted view of the issues facing me. The fact is that I and many other aspies, whether diagnosed or self-defined, have, as a consequence of our neurodiversities, been subjected to traumatic and sustained abuse. This oppression of a neurological minority is revealed in the stories we tell each other. It reflects an ideology I term neurotypicalism and, like racism and sexism, cannot be explained away as mere individual victimization.

For about a year, I had constant stomach pains, and I refused to go to school because of them. Well, the stomach aches were anxiety-driven and were, in retrospect, a coping mechanism. Unfortunately, I got blamed for the problem. The focus was on my anxiety, not on the bullying which was responsible for it.

I got over my anger a long time ago. I am, however, a sociologist, and, as a sociologist (a college professor), one of the courses I teach is Social Problems. In that course, I discuss various oppressive ideologies, such as racism, classism, sexism, ageism, etc. The point of my posting is to suggest that “neurotypicalism” should be added to the list.

Another Aspie Test

I just came across this test the other day:

http://paulcooijmans.lunarpages.com/pers/gaia.html

Here is how it works:

There are a total of 54 items. The median (average) for individuals diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome is 30.5. The higher your score, the more AS traits you supposedly have. (I, for instance, was able to check 34 items. According to this test, that makes me above average in aspie traits.) It is the simplest test of its kind to complete which I have seen.

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