Autistic in NYC

Resources and new ideas for the autistic adult community in the New York City metro area.

Autistic in NYC Mini-Blog

The puzzle piece symbol

July 12, 2022:  Below are some articles explaining why many autistic people dislike the puzzle piece logo that has been used by many (mostly parent-oriented) autism-related organizations:

See also the following threads on Wrong Planet, in which varying views are expressed:

Personally, I like to say that the puzzle piece is a symbol, not of autistic people, but of Puzzled Parents and Puzzled Professionals, too many of whom have no idea what it's like to be autistic.

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Social media and progressive movements

June 9, 2022:  I recently came across Less than social media: How hashtags have hindered progressive movements -- and fueled the right by Kathryn Joyce, Salon, February 23, 2022: "Gal Beckerman explains how social movements like the Arab Spring were undermined by the very tool that enabled them."

Gal Beckerman is the author of the book The Quiet Before: On the Unexpected Origins of Radical Ideas.

I too have felt, though for somewhat different reasons, that today's social media are not the greatest at creating a sense of community and are thus a mixed blessing, at best, for progressive movements, although they have certainly helped a lot in SOME ways.

For some of my own recent thoughts about social media, see this post of mine on Wrong Planet..

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Autism research priorities survey

March 18, 2022:  Recently on Wrong Planet, a nurse at the University of Vermont posted information about a research study to ask autistic people and other "stakeholders" what the priorities should be in autism research. See the Wrong Planet thread What is important to you when it comes to autism research?. More about the study itself here.

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February 28, 2022:  While reading up on intersectional feminism via the Everyday Feminism blog (see previous post), I decided to look into the origin of the concept of "intersectionality" (as used in law, academia, and political activism). To that end, I've located and read most of the following paper, in which the idea is said to have been coined:

I also watched the following videos, in which Kimberle Crenshaw spoke:

Until I saw these, I had assumed that the term "intersectionality" was derived from mathematical set theory, and that it referred literally to the intersection of two or more sets of people. But it turns out that what Dr. Crenshaw had in mind was a metaphorical intersection of roads, requiring people to look out for traffic coming at them from multiple directions when crossing the intersection.

More about Kimberle Crenshaw:

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Everyday Feminism

February 27, 2022:  Today I discovered a website called Everyday Feminism, which looks like it might be a useful resource when discussing general social justice matters on Wrong Planet.

One potentially very useful article is How To Talk About Privilege To Someone Who Doesn't Know What That Is by Jamie Utt, December 7, 2012. It has the following sections:

Some general intro articles on the concept of "privilege":

Some possibly useful articles on sexiam, male privilege, rape culture, etc.:

A collection of articles on race issues:

Other possibly useful articles on race issues:

Possibly relevant to some discussions on WP about relationship issues:


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Twitter etiquette

February 6, 2022:  Recently, on Twitter, I ran into the following advice by Autistic Max (@MaxieMoosie):

Pro Twitter etiquette tip:

If you're replying to someone you've never talked to, limit your reply to three tweets. It's really irritating when strangers write essay replies and most of us don't read them.

In fact, three should be the upper limit. Shoot for one, MAYBE two.

Makes sense, I guess.

In the past, I've had a tendency to write long tweet-threads as replies. Maybe that's not a good idea. If Autistic Max's advice is the generally accepted custom, then I've mostly likely gotten muted by a bunch big-name autistic folks.

So I've created this mini-blog as a place to write my longer (but not ultra-long) replies to stuff I find on Twitter. Still longer replies will go on my Wordpress blog. Then, on Twitter itself, I can just post a brief reply containing a link to the longer reply.

Autistic Max also gives the following advice in a series of tweets:

Hell, I'd keep the three tweet reply limit even with long time mutuals, but there's more leeway there.

Also, if someone has their DMs open, don't DM them unless you have something nice to say.

Also, don't offer advice if someone doesn't explicitly ask. Especially to total strangers. It's incredibly obnoxious and a good way to get blocked.

Remember, large accounts get swarmed and can't give everyone the benefit of the doubt.

Most of the time, I find what's best is to reply to strangers with one or two tweets in agreement but that adds a bit to what they said.

If you disagree, write about it on your own timeline. You can't always good faith with strangers.

Most of the above makes sense.

The one thing I disagree with is on the recommended use of one's own timeline, which probably works well for folks with "large accounts," but not for me. I'm still fairly new to Twitter, and I don't yet have enough Twitter followers for my timeline to get a whole lot of attention. Currently, the easiest way for me to get any attention at all on Twitter (replies, likes, AND new followers) is by writing replies to other people's replies to other people's replies to ... other people's replies to the big users, as far down in the reply thread as possible, so that my reply is seen by as many people as possible higher up in the thread.

I use my timeline mainly for retweets and quote tweets.

See also the thread The art of attracting followers on Twitter? on Wrong Planet.

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February 6, 2022:  Welcome to my new mini-blog.

Its purpose is to be a place to post brief commentary that isn't long enough to warrant posting on my Wordpress blog, but is too long for a Twitter reply.

Mostly I'll be commenting about stuff I find on Twitter, but occasionally other stuff too.

This mini-blog is being hosted directly on my own website, which was launched at the end of 2019 C.E.

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