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Updated note: It's not my intention to hurt anyone with this, but a disclaimer to the modern "norm", and the damage it can cause to others, and potentially causing you to lose friends. I'm glad this is well-recieved so far, but I prepared for the worst. It's just something to take in consideration, I want to spread love to the world, sorry if this comes off as harsh, just has to be said. I love you guys.
Even though I posted something yesterday on my medical condition, I'm using my front page post today. Why? Because I'm really getting sick of these Autism jokes. It's not funny, and I happen to have Autism. Lately, I've been seeing people online do that "autistic screeching" bullshit. Yeah, it's a bit offensive, and no, I'm not going to get over it. It makes me sad. We never asked to live with this mental handicap, we never asked to be undermined. It's the same as being racist, in the sense you're doing what you're doing.
Before you think I'm out of line here, hear me out, and think about what you've done. This is a perspective of the people you're insulting. Surprise, I ACTUALLY have Autism.
Am I insecure about having Asbergers Syndrome, a form of Autism? A bit. It's not something I enjoy living with, but it makes me wonder if it's because of that which I'm able to be creative the way I am. Part of me resents it, part of me doesn't, because technically it does make me who I am today, but it's a constant struggle. It's a pain in the ass. So for the future, do what you want, but just know you're disrespecting people like me when you insult us like that.
I see people say on YouTube all the time in comments, "stop being so autistic". I'm sorry, but fuck that. That's not okay, and it's people like JonTron and LeafyIsHere who teach people that it's okay to be an asshole, as long as some people think it's funny, and that "butthurt" people should "get over it". They use their fame for hate, and justify it by saying "free speech is a right". It is a thing, but so is bullying people. I'm waking you all up.
Want to see your good friends leave? Keep it up. I'm sure people will try to attack me after making this post saying i'm "wrong" or trolls coming out to get me. I'm aware of what I'm inviting. Also, "triggered" is distasteful and childish. Grow up. I'm sick of these fads, these fucked up trends in current society, if you can call it that anymore. We aren't any less human or capable than ANY of you.
Sorry to be a bummer, but fuck all of this. I'm going to use this front page post to send a good message for once and say, think about what you say, before you say it, because once you lose the people you have, all because you thought something insulting was funny, it'll be too late.
People like me who deal with Autism having to put up with this shit like a doormat is unacceptable. We shouldn't control what people say, no, but I'm sick of people carelessly talking about a serious mental issue like it's some shit to joke about. THAT'S the point. I'm making a stand, and I'm going to be one of the rolemodels who puts a foot down on this issue, it's sad that it's even an issue at all. So, I've said my peace, call me "triggered", call me "Autistic", do what you want, just be aware of what you're doing. I'm not coddling, I'm being a voice for people like me.
Just something to think about. I'm not staying quiet anymore. If putting myself in the line of fire for insults and trolls is what it takes to stop all this by taking a stand, so be it, if it makes you feel better about your life by putting someone down. Believe it or not, this is so widespread, it's ruining our reputation, making it hard for us to find jobs 90% of the time, and people wanting NOTHING to do with us when they find out we have Autism. Please stop spreading this misinformation to ruin our reputation.