>For some reason, a lot of people assume right off the bat that I don’t like children and don’t want any children of my own. When pressed, people have told me that the reason they assume this is because I would likely have an autistic child, and wouldn’t that be hard? They also tell me that they feel that parenting would be too hard for me because of my disability.
>For many relationships, sex is the glue that keeps people together and ensures good workings in most other aspects of the relationship. And let’s face it, sex is good for you. It’s a stress reliever, a form of exercise, it helps you sleep better… What a wonderful thing! (Also applies to masturbation)
Before I get rolling on this, here’s a tidbit from Wikipedia to help you stay on the same page as me:
The secondary meaning of Mitzvah refers to a moral deed performed as a religious duty. As such, the term mitzvah has also come to express an act of human kindness. The tertiary meaning of Mitzvah also refers to the fulfillment of a mitzvah.
Alright. Good. We got that out of the way. Goyishe readers, you’re welcome.
“The pursuit of knowledge for its own sake, an almost fanatical love of justice and the desire for personal independence — these are the features of the Jewish tradition which make me thank my stars that I belong to it.
That sums up just about everything I love about it, thank you, Dr. Einstein.
>A long time ago, a friend of mine who belongs to the Nakota branch of the Assiniboine Sioux people of Montana told me about how her tribe’s religion views disability. She told me, essentially, that they believe that before I was born, I chose to become autistic, so that I could have my own unique life path and learn from it, even though I knew sometimes it would be more difficult. She told me this applies to all people with developmental disabilities, not just autism.
I saw this on a friend’s facebook page. I recognize a few of the names on there, such as K Bjornstad, the beginner of Autistics Speaking Day and blogger at Katy Doesn’t Live in Smithton, and Steven Knapp, whom I’m collaborating with on a project.
>So, today I saw a plug for Autism Speaks on Margaret Cho’s facebook page. Specifically, supporting the damn Gold Bunny. If you enter, you may win one signed by her. I’m bloody used to celebrities betraying me by supporting Autism Speaks. The biggest hurt of all was that awful “I am Autism” video made by Alfonso Cuaron, one of my favourite directors. -sigh-
So here is what I wrote on Margaret Cho’s link to the contest. If she actually looks at her facebook page, I hope she considers my words:
Margaret, I love you, and I’m a big fan of yours. I’m also autistic, and I’m BEGGING YOU not to support Autism Speaks. They’re hated and reviled in the autism community for using pity-baiting and not having any autistic representation on their board of directors or positions of power, which is radically outside of the norm of disability activism. Autism Speaks thoroughly defies the model of “Nothing about us without us.”
They’re also just a crappy charity. They’re not recommended by the Better Business Bureau, and only 7 cents of every dollar donated to them goes to helping autistic families.
Please, if you want to support an autism related charity, consider the Autistic Self Advocacy Network, The Easter Seals, or the Autism Society of America. NOT Autism Speaks. I’m autistic, and Autism Speaks doesn’t speak for me.
Here’s to hoping, but I’m not that optimistic. That’s my teaspoon for today. If I can get one celebrity to stop supporting the horribleness that is Autism Speaks, I’ll upgrade myself from teaspoon to tablespoon for today. 🙂
>Many, many times in my life, I have been mistaken for a deaf woman. I am not deaf, I have unusually sensitive hearing, which makes certain environments with repetitive, high-pitched sounds a nightmare. I would think that me wincing and tapping my ears with my palms would be a clue that I’m not deaf, but oh well.
>Scandalous! Today’s topic is masturbation.
>In September of last year, I resolved to delve into the positive attitude about autism espoused by several new age thinkers, most prominently, William Stillman. School and life got in the way of that, and I only got as far as The Horse Boy. This was also due to the public library and the university libraries not having any books on the subject. Whether this is a good thing or a bad thing is up for judgement.