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What are your controversial opinions regarding the autism spectrum?

Baphocletian

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Not specific to autism, but it can be hugely liberating to reclaim agency by identifying as a perjorative. "Weird" is not necessarily an insult in every context; even NT friends have described as "weird but in a cool way". they stammered to word their point diplomatically, but I got it: a firebrand, one-of-a-kind. Unapologetically individualistic.

Autonomy to my fellow autists!
 

AprilR

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I think it is a disability and it is okay for an autistic person to not accomplish great things in order to be valuable. That's like saying "prove your worth by being useful"

Many autistic people will not be completely independent in their lives and it is perfectly okay. People don't have to prove their worth by "having" or "succeeding" at something.
 

Shaddock

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I think that some people think that they are a community or friends only because they share autism. like every autist would be the same and so every autist likes each other. that´s not true. sure there are similaritys and people maybe share similar experiences and that creates a feeling of connectivity, but every autist is a single person and can be very different.

and I would not call someone friend, only because we both would share autism, especially when I don´t really know this person. also I don´t would say that I like autists more than other people, for me it depends on the specific character/personality and behavior and not if someone is autistic or not.

I like people here because most have a friendly and lovely personality and not because they have autism.

also some people sometimes try to explain everything with autism and thinks that an autist always does things different than others.

"is it true that autists like strawberrys more than non-autistic people?" (fictive, for example).

that feels constructed and founded. like someone created that question on purpose, without scientific evidence that lead to.

so like some people want that autists always are (more) special than others and always different. even in eating strawberrys. but the truth is that in some, I would say many things autists and non-autists are very similar and questions like above are just absurd and ridiculous in my opinion. and needless. also there is no exact border between "autistic" and "non-autistic", because it´s a spectrum. but people often act like there would be an exact border.

I think some people use autism as some kind of ideology. but autism is no ideology, it´s a medical/neurological thing.

I think that some people exploit autism for their own purposes.

and everyone can call himself autistic, there is no proof, that he/she is really autistic.
 
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Baphocletian

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My unpopular opinion is that my fellow autists will never know whether they like a new food or not if they don't try it once. Every once in a blue moon, shocking and reality-breaking as it may seem, you may be pleasantly surprised to find the most exciting, novel experiences are juuuuust beyond your comfort zone.

There was once a time when I'd never touch sushi, buffalo cauliflower, or ricotta pie. I'm glad those days are over.
 
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Knower of nothing

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Stop acting like weirdness is a bad thing. Weird just means different, and being "normal" means being extremely generic and boring.
Here the problem. "Different" is so vague and "boring" is completely subjective. I would find most of Middle Eastern culture weird and they would find me weird. Because it's different right? We must be simultaneously weird to each other because it's different. But we are never weird to ourselves. Who is the gold standard that sets in stone what makes weird and normal?
Some people judge weird and normal based on who gets shamed or bullied for who they are. So if you're in a room with a sadist, you'll probably be weird no matter what you do. And if you're in a room with a kind person, you'll never be weird. In this way, being weird only describes your relationship to your surroundings rather than say much about yourself like how boring or cool you may be.
 

Matthias

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I'd like to express my controversial views about autism but I'm worried I will get bullied by people who are intolerant of people who disagree with them so I feel pressured to keep my opinions to myself.
 

Silhouette Mirage

Super Nerd
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I'd like to express my controversial views about autism but I'm worried I will get bullied by people who are intolerant of people who disagree with them so I feel pressured to keep my opinions to myself.

Unless you're talking about real, serious bullying, it sounds like you're saying you'd like to express controversial opinions without any sort of consequence. People are going to respond, like it or not, so it's definitely important to consider what it is you do and don't want to share. There's always some pushback, and if you're not OK with that, then it's obviously time to reconsider. Even if that means for your own sake.
 

Matthias

Well-Known Member
Unless you're talking about real, serious bullying, it sounds like you're saying you'd like to express controversial opinions without any sort of consequence. People are going to respond, like it or not, so it's definitely important to consider what it is you do and don't want to share. There's always some pushback, and if you're not OK with that, then it's obviously time to reconsider. Even if that means for your own sake.

My brain seems to work differently than most people with the result that I have controversial and unpopular opinions. I don't have any problem with people disagreeing with me (since I already know my opinions are unpopular) but I don't want a bunch of people to gang up on me and call me a troll, attack my character, or twist my words to try to get me banned from the forum.
 

Silhouette Mirage

Super Nerd
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My brain seems to work differently than most people with the result that I have controversial and unpopular opinions. I don't have any problem with people disagreeing with me (since I already know my opinions are unpopular) but I don't want a bunch of people to gang up on me and call me a troll, attack my character, or twist my words to try to get me banned from the forum.

Depending on the severity of controversy, that's definitely a true risk. I guess it's worth it to weigh what you do and do not share with the public then, so that they have no reason to get offended. You're not likely to get outright banned if you can curb it, meet people somewhere in the middle and remain respectful.

Everybody has controversial opinions about something. That doesn't mean you need to share them with everyone.
 

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