Double Rainbow: Deconstructing "The Geek Syndrome"

Eleven years ago, an article in Wired magazine helped establish the reputation of Asperger’s as “the geek syndrome.” As the condition has become more prominent in the popular imagination, it has acquired a close... Read more »

Double Rainbow: Asperger's and Girls Part 2: "Boys, fashion, shopping, movies, and music"

That’s what little girls are made of, apparently. In my last post, I took a look at the book Asperger’s and Girls, a collection of essays that attempt to address the needs and concerns about... Read more »

Double Rainbow: Asperger's and Girls

In my last post, I critiqued a chapter of Tony Attwood’s The Complete Guide to Asperger’s Syndrome. Now I’m taking a look at Asperger’s and Girls, a slim collection of essays in which... Read more »

Double Rainbow: Tony Attwood tells us to "make lemonade."

Well, he tells non-autistic people to make lemonade, specifically. Guess who the “lemons” are in this metaphor. Popular fiction both shapes and reflects cultural attitudes. In a previous post, I picked... Read more »

Double Rainbow: Autism vs. Asperger Syndrome

There has been disagreement among researchers and diagnosticians about whether the two diagnostic labels really represent distinct conditions since Asperger syndrome first became its own recognized and “official” diagnostic category. There are multiple sets of diagnostic criteria for Asperger... Read more »

Double Rainbow: Snow Cake

Snow Cake is a 2006 independent drama starring Alan Rickman and Sigourney Weaver. Shortly after Rickman’s character picks up a young hitch-hiker, he is in a sudden, brutal accident and the girl is killed. Paralyzed by guilt, he tries to reconcile with the girl’s mother,... Read more »

Adventures in Feministory: Juliette Gordon Low, Founder of Girl Scouts, Disabled Activist

In honor of the recent wave of support for transgender inclusion in the Girl Scouts, let’s delve into the history of Girl Scouts founder Juliette Gordon Low. You might know her for leading a life... Read more »

Double Rainbow: A Quick Look at the Savant

In popular fiction, savant skills and autism are almost synonymous. Portraying a character as a savant has become a way of driving home the fact that the character is autistic. The savant archetype is glaringly problematic because of the cultural baggage associated with idea of the “savant,”... Read more »

Bechdel Test Canon: An Angel At My Table

Jane Campion’s biopic An Angel At My Table feels far more epic in its devotion to writer Janet Frame’s small moments than courtroom scenes that turn history into playacting and battle sequences that turn soldiers into figurines. These are the films women should be making.... Read more »

Double Rainbow: Mattie Ross

Mattie Ross, the young protagonist of the Coen brothers’ acclaimed 2010 film True Grit, is so compelling and memorable because she is so odd. Her eccentricities are characterized by what I would call “autistic difference” but, given the nature of the film, my aim is not read... Read more »