Chapter 3 of “The Enemy of My Enemy” is up.
And Steed was all, “Dude. I’m totes aware of autism already.
And I don’t give money to hate groups. Shove off.”
So it’s That Month again. The one where all the blue shit happens and the puzzle pieces and the handwringing and the money-grubbing.
Therefore your friendly neighborhood Avenging Autistic is here to ask you to please NOT support Autism $peaks. They’re a hate group that uses their funds in ways that actively harm autistic people. Try supporting folks like the Autism Women’s Network instead. Or you could Walk in Red, which has a list of other legit organizations to donate to.
I have decided to take a little break from writing and arting and videoing to just watch eps and fangirl for a while. Avenging has started to feel like work, and I don’t want that to be the way it is. Besides, there are still Tara and TNA eps that I haven’t seen, and I want to learn the Cathy and Venus ones better.
I might transfer some more of my older long-form stuff over from tumblr in the meantime, and that might be new to some of you. But I do have plenty of actually new things in the hopper, and I don’t plan to stay away for long, so never fear!
So come hang out with me on tumblr in the meanwhile, for caps and gifs and general fangirling, and more fic and blogs and stuff will happen later once I’ve caught my breath.
Thanks for your patience, and I’ll be back soon!
Dame Diana Rigg, who played Emma Peel opposite (Daniel) Patrick Macnee’s John Steed….
… now plays the Duchess of Buccleuch in the TV series Victoria …
Steed knows what Nazis are for. Nazis are for thrashing.
The world had this conversation once before.
The Nazis didn’t win then. And they’re not gonna win now.
Stay strong, Charlottesville. And stay safe.
So I’ve started putting together images and captions connecting Avengers and Autism $peaks’ annual trolling for contributions. I’m going to add
one every day them occasionally through the month of April. I won’t be making these separate blogs, just updating this one accordingly.
Off we go, then.
(Wondering why Autism $peaks is bad? Don’t take my word for it. Check this out instead.)
And Steed was all, “VACCINES. DO. NOT. CAUSE. AUTISM.”
So hey, all y’all out there in blog-land: It’s almost April, so you know what that means! Autism $peaks is gonna be asking y’all to Light It Up Blue.
Therefore I am here to ask you to just not.
Please don’t do it.
But why? you ask.
This is because
- Autism $peaks is a hate group whose work actively harms autistic people
- They advocate for the use of ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis), which is a form of abuse that leaves most autistics who undergo it with bad cases of PTSD
- They treat autism as a tragedy and a disease that must be eradicated at all costs
- When an autistic child is murdered by their parents, they sympathise with the parents
- There are no autistic people on their board, and when autistic people ask them to change what they do, they refuse
- They support the work of the Judge Rothenberg Center, which uses electroshock and other “treatments” that are little more than torture
- They refuse to acknowledge that autism is a valid way of being and instead work towards the erasure of autism and autistics by insisting on looking for “cures” (PSA: there is no “cure” for autism; it’s a neurology, not a disease)
- The blue color is taken from the fact that boys are more likely to be diagnosed with autism, not because autism actually affects more boys but because the diagnostic criteria don’t acknowledge the way autism presents in girls (PSA: it presents differently in girls than in boys in a lot of cases) so on top of all the other wonderful things they do, they’re sexist
- Only about 4% of the money they raise goes to actually benefitting actual autistic people
So please, please, please:
Don’t light it up blue.
We’re not colored lights.
We’re not puzzle pieces.
We’re not tragedies.
We’re not diseased.
We don’t need to be “cured.”
We’re autistic. Our brains work differently, that’s all.
And we’re just as human as anybody else.