New Blog: Autism Demonized

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I’m starting a new blog — that might turn into a group blogging effort — called Autism Demonized.

Some of my reasons for creating it are detailed in the introduction post. I’ve posted an example of a fairly ancient method of demonizing — in about the most literal sense possible — autistic people and other disabled people.

I hope to eventually catalogue and discuss all kinds of dehumanizing statements that we’re all depressingly used to by now. The statements that kind of make most of us wonder how such tasteless things can be said, like the “Autism is worse than cancer, AIDS, and 9/11 combined” sort of mentality. The main focus will be on autism, but it may sometimes discuss other people who’ve been dehumanized, including other disabled people.

About Mel Baggs

Hufflepuff. Came from the redwoods. Crochet or otherwise create constantly and compulsively. Write poetry and paint when I can. Physically and cognitively disabled. Anything you hear in the media or gossip is likely to be oversimplified at best and wildly inaccurate at worst, the only way to get to know me is to actually know me. I'm not really part of any online faction or another, even ones that claim me as a member. The thing in the world most important to me is having love and compassion for other people, although I don't always measure up to my own standards there by a longshot. And individual specific actions and situations and contexts matter a lot more to me than broadly-spoken abstract words and ideas about a topic. My father died a couple years ago and that has changed my life a lot in ways that are still evolving, but I wear a lot of his clothes and hats every day since he died and have shown no sign of stopping soon.

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