I’m a member of several autistic groups online. Recently I made a post in response to the handling of a hot button issue. It wasn’t about the issue itself but about how it was handled. I’m not going to go into the details about the initial issue because it isn’t important, but I do want to talk about how it was handled and many of the responses to my post. One of the major issues for me is how victimization becomes a golden ticket to do and say whatever the victim wants to anyone.
I haven’t posted in a while and that’s because I have been busy with a special interest. If you haven’t read my article on the topic you can read it here. As it goes with many autistics, I get lost in my special interests to the exclusion of many other things. In my case, I am able to balance my special interests with home and family, but when I am not taking care of those things my special interests occupy most of my time.
A plea to common sense is a common tactic used to justify that a claim is true. Today I am going to challenge that notion. Commons sense as an argument is a terrible argument in a lot of situations. You might be inclined to think, “What does this have to do with autism?” I’ll argue that being autistic has put me in a position to challenge the notion of common sense because of the social implication of the concept.
Masking is a common trait among category 1 autistics. It’s a defense mechanism that is often misinterpreted. As many category 1 autistics will note, we often find our diagnosis questioned because we don’t fit the stereotype for autism. Many people expect us to be physically disabled, unable to speak clearly, have constant meltdowns, etc. Masking makes getting to the bottom of what is really happening difficult.