Editorial #249: On Penelope Trunk
Autism Politico wants its readers to know that we do not agree with part of this statement by Penelope Trunk:
I think I probably never had a clue about how people date, because I have Asperger Syndrome.
The part we don’t agree with is the “because I have Asperger Syndrome” part. We at Autism Politico all have Asperger Syndrome, and none of us have dating problems, so we are just saying that her statement holds true for her, perhaps, but not for us.
Autism Politico wants its readers to know that we do not agree with this statement by Penelope Trunk:
I am very easy to get into bed because the dance people do before getting to the sex part does not make sense to me.
While this may hold true for her, it does not hold true for us. We are hard to get into bed, primarily because our morals and values (some of which we were taught, and some of which we learned for ourselves) keeps us from sleeping around, and also, the “dance” people do “before getting to the sex part” makes absolute sense to us. We like to think that all of this is true for us because we have Asperger Syndrome, and because we have it, have a better understanding of human behavior than most.
Autism Politico wants its readers to know that we do not agree with this statement by Penelope Trunk regarding sending nude photos of oneself to someone:
It’s not that big a deal. You know how I know? Because the state of Vermont, (and other states as well) is trying to pass a lawthat decriminalizes sending nude photos of oneself if you are underage. That’s right: For years, even though kids were sending nude photos of themselves to someone they wanted to show it to, the act was illegal—an act of trafficking in child pornography.
But sending nude photos is so common today that lawmakers are forced to treat it as a mainstream courting ritual and legalize it for all ages.
We just think that kids doing it ought to be illegal and adults doing it ought to be immoral. But that’s our opinion, and does not correspond in any way to autism advocate Penelope Trunk, or ASAN’s Meg Evans (Board Member), who writes porn stories for her Ventura33 website, or ASAN and GRASPs Chapter Director Mark Haller who proofreads porn on www.asstr.org, or GRASPS Nick Dubin who admitted to downloading child porn.
If these Asperger Advocates want to make it out that they know better than anyone else about AS and represent AS people in this fashion, let them, especially because it doesn’t seem the autism community really gives a damn anyway.
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