“I’m an adult” I whisper as I try not panic while I’m filling in all those forms that I don’t understand.
Hi there! Good question. Lydia Brown of autistichoya wrote a good post on Shiny Aspies here. While there is a bit of overlap between Shiny Aspies and Aspie Supremacists, not every Shiny Aspie will be an Aspie Supremacist. I think that true Aspie Supremacists are somewhat rare.
I would define Aspie Supremacists as autistic people who hate autistic people. To give you an idea of what an Aspie Supremacist looks like:
Aspie Supremacists are able to talk with their mouthparts and can generally “pass” (or think they can pass) as normal-but-quirky, or as totally neurotypical. They are usually cis men but I’ve seen a couple of specimens of other genders. They will go on about how “high-functioning” they are, about how Aspergers isn’t Autism (???), about how Aspergers should be it’s own diagnosis (because they don’t want to be associated with the “low functioning” autistics) and about how Aspergers or HFA “isn’t a disability”. In fact they get really caught up on the whole disability thing, often pulling out their achievements, school grades, careers, relationships, etc. in an attempt to prove how not-disabled they are. There is a real misunderstanding of disability in general coming from the Aspie Supremacist corner.
Aspie Supremacists get their name from two core beliefs that all Aspie Supremacists seem to subscribe to. The first is that “aspies” or “high functioning autistics” are not disabled, and don’t need to cured of their autism. In fact, almost every Aspie Supremacist I’ve ever encountered has taken it a step further and claimed that the shining beacon of logic and intelligence that is the aspie brain is superior to the illogical, emotion-clouded neurotypical brain and that aspies are the “next step in human evolution”. I wish I was joking, but they actually profess this.
The second is that autistics— you know, the pitiable, sub-human, “low-functioning” ones— are disabled and do need to be cured of their autism, or at least prevented from ever being born. There is a staggering amount of ableism and hatred focused towards autistics coming out of the Aspie Supremacists corner, which is even more sad and more frustrating when you consider that they are autistic too. It’s very much a projected self-hate thing, with lots of internalized ableism and a little eugenics thrown in there for good measure. You can tell that these are all individuals who have been hurt very badly and who have let it twist them up inside.
You can find Aspie Supremacists lurking around wrongplanet, striking out from the shadowy corners of the youtube comment system, and planning their global takeover over at /r/aspergers. If you encounter an Aspie Supremacist, don’t be afraid. Simply throwing a copy of the DSM-5 in their general direction will enrage and confuse them long enough for you to escape. For the brave of heart (or those of you who like the feeling of beating your head against a brick wall), take up the shield of The Social Model of Disability and the sword of Aspergers is Autism, You Ableist Jerk and go proudly into battle. And good luck.
'shiny aspie' is p much equivalent to 'straight-acting gay' — the only thing wrong with being one is the part where you make a virtue of how acceptable you are to the prejudiced mainstream.
as for aspie supremacists — ok, you know the tumblr sjw thing where not-being-whitecismale is treated as inherently virtuous? this is the white cis male version. human nature, man. don’t pretend you’re above it. :P
There seem to be a lot of people out there that get super twisted up about how there’s just this one little thing that keeps them from every good thing they’d be otherwise entitled to as a member of the ruling class—and they spend all their time viciously shitting on everyone else about it. Straight acting gays railing against those shamefully sex-obsessed, mincing fags, het white feminists saying ‘we’re not lesbians! we’re not dykes’, aspie guys being like ‘i’m high functioning! i’m a genius! not like those retards. now where’s my pile of bitches?’ hell, even when it comes to body positivity, you see women embrace their curves— then turn around and rail both at women who are bigger than them and women who are skinny. there’s this continuous thread of bitterness: ‘where’s my pile of bitches? where’s my high-paying job and cheering crowds? where’s my love and respect? aren’t i good enough?’
It seems a lot like if you’re far enough from normal you’ll never make it you learn that normal’s not the only standard a person’s worth should be judged by, but if you’re just so very tantalizingly close—then that standard of worth just absolutely consumes you, and it chews you up and spits you out as a miserable, dangerous jackass.
feminism chose me when I ate a yorkie as a 10 year old
ok I’ve seen this post so many times now I’m confused WHY ARE PEOPLE EATING TINY DOGS AND WHY IS THIS MAKING THEM FEMINISTS SHOULD I BE EATING TINY DOGS TO BE A MORE EFFICIENT FEMINIST I AM CONFUSED (chaoticallyprecise)
For those who are confused:
and because the world has learned nothing since then
There is a future strategic value of this form of ad, but that value is not now. Using market segmentation, and honing the campaign around liberating money from misogynists would be the future use. Currently though, it’s using misogyny to reinforce misogyny, rather than to put a price premium on penalising someone who is so silly as to think that there’s a gender issue associated with soft drinks and candy bars.
The most horrible example of this I can think of right now is Diet Coke vs Coke Zero. At first I thought the difference was a purely marketing one, which would have been horrible enough and in line with the ones above, but I researched it a bit and it turns out that isn’t the case.
Coke Zero is designed to taste like Coke. Diet Coke is designed to taste more acidic and like it has artificial sweeteners in it — because test groups of women wanted to be able to tell from the flavor of the drink that they were “being good”, which of course they didn’t get if it mimicked real Coke too closely.
It’s like that thing of the packet-mix cakes not taking off until they required more work from the largely female target audience. Female consumers have been taught to believe that anything that’s too easy or too nice is cheating, and that they don’t deserve it.
I’m doing the ‘learn first aid’ portion of my ‘what I’m going to do now that I don’t have a job’ list; I have the practical portion tomorrow and I’m doing the online theory now, and am very glad to see that you have to get 100% before they’ll certify you as Properly Knowing First Aid, because this is one area where you don’t want someone who just scraped a pass in charge.
I mean, I know any help is better than no help in an emergency, but if you can’t correctly answer ‘it’s better to handle blood without gloves, true/false’, I’m not sure that your help is going to be very helpful.
sharpestrose I made a family in the sims 4
It consists of us and monokuma
Our house can only be entered after going through a hedge maze
Monokuma is doing science experiments in the back yard
Mary keeps trying to be friends with monokuma
I like eating cake and trolling teh forums without wearing any pants ever
You made the family to kill it. You made a disturbingly accurate version of yourself to murder. I notice you didn’t mention that.