Yes – Asperger’s may present differently in women – but…

Ho-lee smokes! What a great post! So, so many great points in this. It really speaks to the inherent sexism in so many “sciences” — especially social sciences, which in my opinion have no excuse for this, really. But women have gotten short shrift from psychology in countless other areas, resulting in epidemic levels of iatrogenic harm. But then, maybe we’re too “crafty” for those hapless psych folks to figure out.

Seventh Voice

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I’m still not sure what to make of this notion (now being presented to us as an absolute fact), that women with Autism/Asperger’s Syndrome are being diagnosed less frequently, due to their apparently inherent ability to ‘mask’ their symptoms by ‘mimicking’ those around them.

There are just too many assumptions hidden within this concept that have not been deeply analyzed enough for my liking.

It almost seems like once again, we as women, are being told to turn a blind eye to any and all personal experiences that do not match up succinctly to the now, almost biblical accounts being written by psychologists, as to how women with Autism should present.

Accounts that not only seek to define our presentation, but come complete with a rationale as to why our supposedly ‘hard to spot’ tendencies have, for so long been so tricky, that it’s entirely understandable, and therefore forgivable, that…

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