My mom always said, “never assume. Look at the way it’s spelled. To assume makes an ‘ass’ out of ‘u’ and ‘me’.”
Cliche, I know. But my mom was completely right.
(And besides, hearing your mom say “ass” when you’re six years old is pretty cool.)
It’s amazing how much the neurotypical (“NT”, aka non-autistic) world assumes about a person based on their (perceived) gender. (I wrote “perceived” in quotes, because looks can be deceiving, especially when one doesn’t look beyond the surface.)
Since I was little, I railed against stereotypical socially-constructed “gender roles” (god, I even despise the term!). I would think to myself (around the age of kindergarten, mind you), “what–just because I’m a girl, I have to wear a dress to Grandma’s??” Even the word “dress” tasted bad in my mouth. Yuck.
And what’s this Barbie doll crap? I wanted to play with Legos.
“Well, that’s nothing,”…
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