Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Our Voices: What Are the Greatest Myths of Autism and Sexuality?

(Trigger Warning for discussion of sexuality and some nudity)

Lindsey Nebeker has written a post titled "Our Voices: What Are the Greatest Myths of Autism and Sexuality?" at Naked Brain Ink.  Please read following this link.

1 comment:

  1. I can't comment on that thread because the thing keeps mistaking my comment for spam. So I'm posting it here:

    One of the myths about autistic sexuality that bothers me the most is the idea that no one is asexual. It's problematic when people say this in general, but since asexuality is rare it's possible they may not have heard about it. But among autistics, especially female autistics, asexuality is very common (although the majority of autistics are still heterosexual) and anyone who is interested in autistic sexuality should be aware of this. Furthermore, many of the people who discount asexuality in autism also claim that sexuality is part of being human, or equate asexuality with being unable to love (as if there is no kind of love that isn't sexual!). As a teenager, I would have greatly benefitted from sex education that acknowledged that I might not feel the feelings they were describing, and told me that it was OK not to feel that way. Instead I went through a confusing time of mistaking nonsexual feelings for sexual feelings.


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