Okay so now that I’ve discovered the true counterintuitive and ableist bullshit that exists in the form of entrapdak antis, I’m realizing that a lot of them ship catadora??? Do you guys not realize how stupid and hypocritical you look….
Hank you little weirdo. it's not like the end of the world to need a xanax
You ever just realise you've written a ton of stuff to make sure a Plot Point Occurs when it could literally have been solved in way less words/dialogue and wayyyy less angst
Samus and Peach ✨🍑
Sorry can’t hang out i have to flirt with my mutuals
now that elon and grimes broke up i think it's finally time to share this with the world
i unironically though for a whole year that elon having a child named X Æ A-12 was just a meme and only a few weeks ago found out that the child is real-
help me pls - takes less than a second & i’m indecisive so...
I recently read a book called 'The Fallen' which has a problematic description of an autistic child. They describe autism as an 'affliction' and that the mum had to quit her job in order to look after him. I understand that autism is a spectrum and it presents differently in everyone, making his description applicable to at least someone, but I feel that it does not make that clear. Instead generalising and degrading the only character with it.
I'd love to hear what other people think about it. I put a more detailed (and a tad rambley) description beneath the cut.
I was thinking about how I am disappointed that I haven't read for leisure in a really long time. It was something that I have always enjoyed, pouring hours of my time into. Yet, for some reason or another, I just stopped.
So I made a decision to start the old habit up again. I ransacked my shelves to find a book series that I thought would be able to hold my attention long enough to finish. And I found 'The Fallen' series.
To be fair, I didn't really expect much from it. The cover is one of those greyscale shirtless guy, angsty types of covers. And I knew more or less the quality of the novel from the blurb alone.
It has all the 'iconic' cliches that every angsty novel needs:
the main character hears voices on his 18th b-day
he thinks he is going insane
he wants to confide in the cute girl but she is too good for him and he doesn't want her to think of him as a lunatic
mysterious stranger appears
he has secret abilities
he does not accept those abilities
he is forced to accept the abilities
So really, in all honesty, I should have known what I was in for. But the thing was, I wanted the cliches, that was why I decided to read it. I was tired of reading 'classics' and essays and texts of such high status that I needed to read them 3 times before I even understood the plot.
I knew it was going to be a simplistic text and not challenge me, and that's what I deemed its purpose to be.
The problems began when they introduced the Main Character's little brother. Here's a quote:
"... he [the 7 yr old little bro] had autism, the often misunderstood mental condition [why couldn't the description end there?] that left those afflicted so absorbed with their own reality, that they were rarely able to interact with the world around them. The boy could be quite a handful and Lori [the mum] stayed home to care for his special needs."
The book continues to describe him as being non-verbal, having tantrums, and is constantly referred to as "the autistic child" or anything similar. (HIS NAME IS STEVIE, JUST SAY STEVIE!)
As a person who isn't diagnosed with autism, I am unable to speak from personal experience but I feel frustrated at this characterisation. I believe it would have been better to somehow describe the fact that autism is a spectrum. To me the description feels restrictive of that, confining this one character to the author's definition of autism.
And sure, I can use my analytical skills and try to explain away the issues. I could use the scene where the main character uses his new Special Powers to speak to Stevie. Perhaps it is the author's attempt to describe the existence of a communication barrier, and it is only through magically speaking to Stevie through the ability to speak any language (human or animal) that a verbal cue is elicited.
But I don't know. And I am unsure of my place to comment on it too much. I do not want to speak for those that can speak for themselves, I really just wanted to vent about the stupid book in all honesty.
I was prepared to accept the two-dimensional female character that exists solely for being a love interest. I was prepared to accept the angst and the cliches.
I just wasn't prepared to be faced with some really odd descriptions of autistic people.
There's a bunch of other problems with the book, but that one is the one that stands out in my mind.
I was just thinking to myself how I should typeset the Kids Are Coming Home series after I finish up TBAH, and I’ve gotta say... for somebody who is “not an AU enjoyer” I sure do seem to absolutely adore a lot of AUs.
What if we fucked in the woods
"what do you think he's gonna do? top you?" no i want to peg him
*groans in disbelief*
When will they learn?
When you talk about how your mother treats you like s* , your parents are abusive, what you've been through and what a miracle it is that you're still there to which they reply
ThaT In A fEw YeArs I LL UnDersTand And Be GrAteFul
Now what THE F*
Were they even listening to what the f* I just said?
So there I am, minding my own bidness, as usual, watching Z Nation because I’m bored af and Joseph Gatt - motherfuckin Lord Scourge himself - has the audacity to appear outta nowhere in season 3 lookin like a gotdam snack.
everyone else when lando tries to be cute: “ahh adorable, i love him”
me: “lol what a fucking loser, i hate him”