“Sexy” Autism?

Okay, some of you might be confused by the title “Crazy Sexy Autism.” The stereotype is that people with autism can’t form relationships. Why is that? I’ve had my share of boyfriends. Six good long-term ones to be exact. I don’t have the time to go into it, but there is some terrible stereotyping behind some of the people on the Autism Spectrum, particularly the higher functioning end. The soap opera “All My Children” hopefully broke the mold of the solitary, relationship-avoiding autie named Lily and involved her in several relationships, and even a short marriage. I applaud them for that, and hoped it would live on and eventually bring Lily, the girl, back. Sadly, it has not come to pass. I digress, but you do not see much of that happening to those on the spectrum in the movies or on TV. Most of the time, they are much like the now-stereotypical portrayal by Dustin Hoffman in “Rain Man.” Honestly, it would be much more accurate to follow around Daryl Hannah on a reality show. Seriously, we work harder to do it, but we can do pretty much anything a neurotypical can do, just in a different way. That, my friends, is what defines “sexy” autism.

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