Asperger’s and Asexuality

Submissions are invited for September 2016’s Carnival of Aces about Asperger’s and asexuality. I’m using “Asperger’s” to refer to the whole autism spectrum. For potential topics, see Spectral Amoebas.

A blog carnival is an event in which many people write blog posts around a single theme. These posts are then collected at the end of the carnival and linked together by the carnival’s host.

To submit a post, put it up on your blog, and write a comment to this post with the URL of your post. If you do not have a blog, but want to submit a post, I am willing to host guest posts here. Posts can be submitted up to the end of September 2016, at which point I will round up all the submissions.

Alternate forms of media are welcome. If you are not sure whether your piece is okay, submit it anyway and I will figure it out.

Also, help me out by signal boosting this call for submissions, in autism spectrum and asexual spectrum communities. Thanks!

Carnival of Aces Proposal: 2016 September

I’ve requested to host the 2016 September issue of the Carnival of Aces. The theme is, tentatively, “Asperger’s and Asexuality”. I’m using “Asperger’s” to refer to the whole autism spectrum.

I’d like any help publicizing this, especially in the online autism spectrum community.

Sciatrix, Kaz, and Ily hosted a blog carnival “Spectral Amoebas” on the same topic in 2011 January.

I’ll Take My Feminism Without Snark, Thank You

I’ll Take My Feminism Without Snark, Thank You, says Gina Luttrell: Women have a right to be angry about their lot in life. Representation of us in popular culture certainly isn’t great; we are still socialized to be submissive; we are expected to carry the weight of a career and family on our shoulders. That’s a lot to be angry about. Anger has its place, but this kind of anger-in-superiority does not belong in something public. Feminists have a lot of really important things to say, and there is a lot that could use refining. If feminists care about the robustness of their philosophies and want to truly change the world to help women, they are going to have to cut the circlejerking, the snobbery, and the snark and start having real conversations with people.

False Rape Allegations

Scott S. Alexander on false rape allegations: Spotted on Brute Reason but liked and reblogged 35,000 times: Five Things More Likely To Happen To You Than Being Accused Of Rape. A man is 631 times more likely to become an NFL player than to be falsely accused of rape! Thirty-two times more likely to be struck by lightning! Eleven times more likely to be hit by a comet!

Needless to say, all of these figures are completely wrong, in fact wrong by a factor of over 22,700x. I’m not really complaining – missing the mark by only a little over four orders of magnitude is actually not bad for a “story” of this type. Nevertheless, it will be instructive to figure out where they erred so we may be vigilant against such things in the future, and perhaps certain moral lessons may be gleaned in the process as well.

Feminism as Superweapon

Scott S. Alexander says: Feminism is a memeplex that provides a bunch of pattern-matching opportunities where a man is in the wrong and a woman is in the right. To give a very personal example, I mentioned a few days ago how I was close friends with a woman until I asked her out and she then decided to have a fit and cut off all contact with me. Normally everyone would agree I was in the right and try to console me and maybe even her own friends would tell her she was overreacting. But thanks to feminism she has a superweapon – she can accuse me of being a Nice Guy (TM) and therefore Worse Than Hitler (TM). The appropriate cliche having been conveniently provided, enough people decide to round to the nearest cliche and decide that I am in the wrong that the incident raises her status and decreases my own.

Am I Trans?

This post is to help people who are asking “Am I Trans?” decide if they are trans.

To oversimplify, there are mainly five kinds of people, regarding being trans:

  1. Clearly cis: They generally don’t ask such questions.
  2. Cis by default: They don’t have a strong gender identity. Many of them have trouble understanding the issues faced by binary trans people. Both cis and nonbinary may be acceptable labels to them.
  3. Non-binary: People who ask “Am I Trans?” are probably nonbinary.
  4. Mostly-binary trans: Both trans and nonbinary may be acceptable labels to these people.
  5. Binary trans: Provided they have realistic information about trans people, and not the negative stereotypes spread by many news sources, binary trans people generally don’t have doubts about their being binary trans.

Besides these, there are genderfluid, bigender/trigender and other possibilities for gender.

Transgender Terminology in Psychiatry

The psychiatry community does not accepted the terminology used by the transgender community. Instead of using male and female to classify people by gender identity, they insist on using the terms to classify people by the state of their genitals.

This is one of the reasons why the transgender community is being systematically hurt by the psychiatry community. Essentially, their terminology implies that without genital surgery, transwomen are men, transmen are women, and erases the existence of nonbinary people.

Until the psychiatry community accepts the right terminology, they cannot accept the gender identity of trans people. Many psychiatrists have harmed the trans community in various ways, and there is pervasive distrust of psychiatrists among trans people. Essentially, most trans people regard psychiatrists as gatekeepers who need to be conned with stereotypical trans narratives, and bribed with consultation fees to allow them to transition, and most psychiatrists deserve neither the trust nor the money of trans people.

Changing terminology is a big issue, especially because the psychiatry community is part of the community of doctors, and the trans community does not have much representation within the community of doctors. But this step is essential if the psychiatry community and the trans community are to work together, and have a relationship based on trust rather than on gatekeeping and misrepresentation.