Something bewildering to me.

There are those who refer to those who participated in the This is Autism flashblog (seriously, go read it) derisively as the “Suzy Sunshine Brigade.” Capitalization optional.

I don’t get it. Why are autistics worthy of derision for saying our lives aren’t all suffering and torment and struggle?

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7 thoughts on “Something bewildering to me.

  1. autisticook says:

    The Suzy Sunshine Brigade? Seriously? I write about struggling with stuff often enough. People who only hear Autism Speaks stories think it’s always a drama. So yeah, I did highlight some of the positives in my own post. But I’ve seen plenty of posts on the This is Autism flash blog that didn’t shy away from the negatives either. Both stories need to be heard. Not just the doom and gloom. Not just the cheerful. Autism is both.

    (And I know I shouldn’t be, but I’m really curious who said that).

    • ischemgeek says:

      It was in the comment section of a few of the Forbes article and in a few places on FB. Not sure if it’s still either place or not, but it was said by a number of people. All of whom were trying to defend Wright’s article.

  2. I haven’t seen that particular phrase but I”ve seen the sentiment. The posts definitely weren’t all sunshine and happiness. There was a lot of hard stuff too. Maybe the people saying that haven’t actually read what people wrote.

    • ischemgeek says:

      I’d imagine as much. Either that, or they genuinely think that showing any positive side to autism is being phony. I’m not sure which possibility I dislike more. Probably the latter. Ignorance can be cured far more easily than prejudice.

  3. notesoncrazy says:

    I hadn’t heard this, but I’m super bummed about it now. You’d think nearly 250 posts of firsthand experience with autism and autism acceptance would have some sort of objective worth. I mean, it does, but you’d think that worth would be incredibly obvious even to people who have disagreements.

  4. Aspermama says:

    I could understand it if the writers were only ever exaggerating the positives while minimizing the struggles, but I didn’t see that at all. Talking about autism in a positive light seems to trigger so much fear and anxiety in some people, the kind of gut reaction you have when someone praises something you hate and fear. It makes it that much harder to reach out to them and find common ground.

  5. Stuff like that’s why I’m of the opinion that the A$ narrative subtly (and not so subtly) mirrors other systemic oppressions. Y’all are getting out of line with your displays of agency, and humanity, and so on. And so, they attack. To me, the behavior doesn’t make sense in any other context but that, and that is classic oppression/abuse.

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