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Aspie Superpowers and Teenagers

February 8, 2008

Perhaps I am wrong, but, speaking as a guy who will be 52 years old later this month, my impression is that most, if not all, of the people who post messages on “aspie superpowers” and the like are quite young. As I said before, given the constant bullying I experienced, I could imagine being attracted to the idea myself when I was a boy.

Without engaging in adultism, one could simply say something like, “Most teenagers, autistic or not, are trying to come to terms with their own identity. The “aspie superpower” idea appears to be a way in which these teens are trying to build up their self-esteem.”

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  1. CAMILLE permalink
    February 8, 2008 10:13 pm

    I agree. “Aspie superpowers” doesn’t bother me as much as, “we Aspies are a superior race” and similar statements. I think it’s a backlash against being treated like dirt so often. I can’t prove it, but that’s what it seems to be source of the sentiment.

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