How the mainstream construction of empathy has harmed the autistic community

A quote by Temple Grandin. Her face is shown. She has pale skin and greying brown hair. The quote reads “Normal people have an incredible lack of empathy. They have good emotional empathy, but they don’t have much empathy for the autistic kid who is screaming at the baseball game because he can’t stand the sensory overload. Or the autistic kid having a meltdown in the school cafeteria because there’s too much stimulation."

How the mainstream construction of empathy has harmed the autistic community Excluding references and external links, here are a handful of psychological constructs and the number of times they appear in the Wikipedia page for “empathy” as of March 18, 2021: Antisocial: 3 Bipolar: 3 Narcissism and narcissistic: 3 Trauma: 3 Schizophrenia and schizoid: 5 […]

The world’s most famous “But you don’t look sick!”: JFK

A black and white photograph of President Kennedy arriving from a limo with crutches. Kennedy has light skin and dark hair. An aide, with his back turned, is opening the limo door.

The subject of former President John F. Kennedy’s health was one of great fascination both when he was alive and the president, and posthumously. During his campaign for president, JFK denied rumors of his poor health, while opponent Richard Nixon assigned his staffers to steal medical records from doctor’s offices; they were unsuccessful. This article […]

Gendering health anxiety: why is it “weak” to fear sickness, but “brave” to fear treating it?

A cartoon of a scared woman with light skin and dark hair wearing a surgical mask and looking worriedly at the large coronaviruses in her periphery.

Here’s a potential research question I’ve had all day. Is it possible that the stigma surrounding health anxiety exists because we associate health anxiety with being feminine? We know, based on the data that we have about health anxiety that it’s common, with conservative estimates putting it at 4-5% of the population (it may perhaps […]

When COVID-19 kills someone society actually tries to save, simply change the cause of death

The Letlow family are a family of four: a mom, a dad, and two young children. Mom and dad both have brown hair and their children have blonde hair. They all have light skin and are standing in front of a covered bridge.

Unfortunately, a 41-year-old man, husband, and father, has passed away from complications of COVID-19. He was also a Republican recently elected to Congress, who spoke out against pandemic-responsive policies in Louisiana. It should go without saying that, regardless of their political persuasion or personal opinions about COVID-19, nobody deserves to die of this disease. Luke […]

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