Women and Autism

Autism is much more frequentlly diagnosed in males than in females.  An article in the British Psychological Psychological Association’s journal suggests the underlying difference lies in a crucial distingushing feature.  To invoke the cliches of the syndrome:  autistic males are loners who lack intuitive understanding of the neuro-typicals’ actions and reactions.  Autistic women, on the other hand, have the same. lack of intuitive understanding, but they have a much stronger desire for social relations.

On this account, autistic women lack the skills to fulfill a fundamental desire they have.  They may learn to compensate for their intuitive lack.  However, I would suppose that getting help is very difficult for them.  Therapists won’t be prepared to see the problems they have.

 

One thought on “Women and Autism

  1. This research essentializes both disability and sex differences. Why should we pay attention to this account rather than challenge it from the beginning? Autistic women do not suggest that they lack a skill of intuition they wish to have, especially not as a result of biology/sex. They do suggest – politicizing the issue – they are not believed about what their problems are when they voice them. Let’s listen to them instead of the BPPA.

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