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Saturday, Jul. 16, 2022 - 10:01 p.m.

Spent time today transcribing. Being anxious about meals, and defensive of how I manage mealtimes. And reading a couple articles on autism research.

I hate the autistic discourse these days. I feel like you really can’t have it both ways. You can’t say “ah yes, we’re just a different neurotype, see. Neurodivergent! Neuro neuro neuro! Meltdowns, neuro! Sensory issues, neuro! Social difficulties, neuro! Monotropism, neuro!” and then when scientists go poking around at the neurology, go, “no, you need to listen to autistic experience! Stop looking at our brains!” And literally, “it’s a social construct!”

It’s fucking incoherent. The amount of incoherence I see in the autistic discourse is astounding. And I mean, yes, it’s a bunch of different people with different levels of knowledge and insight all spouting off, but there are definitely talking points they converge on in unison, and in aggregate, it’s fucking total dissonance.

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