disability

Double Rainbow: Finding Autism in Popular Fiction

Of course one doesn’t have to go finding autism in popular fiction—it’s the subject of intense cultural fascination right now, so it’s just there, everywhere. In novels like Mark Haddon’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time and Jodi Picoult... Read more »

Double Rainbow: Autism and Horror

In mainstream film, autistic characters seem to appear most frequently in two types of movies: award-grubbing dramas and horror films. Both genres stick to a disappointingly narrow range of tropes. Read more »

Double Rainbow: A Peek at Autism Speaks

Autism Speaks is an easy, easy target. And a literally huge one—it’s the largest and best-funded autism “awareness” and “advocacy” (I kind of want to just call it “autism-themed”) organization in the world. Autistic self-advocates rip into Autism Speaks every day because of the organization... Read more »

Double Rainbow: Adam: "More like a child than anything else"

The 2009 romantic drama Adam features a relationship between a non-autistic woman and a man with Asperger syndrome. Any portrayal of autistic sexuality has the potential to be subversive, but unfortunately this particular movie squanders that potential and reinforces existing tropes about... Read more »

Double Rainbow: Stepping Back

This blog series is rapidly closing in on its second week and I have only just gotten started. I have a lot in mind to cover—autistic gender and sexuality in parents’ guides, autism and sex ed, the pathologization of gender non-normative behavior—and I have barely scratched the surface of... Read more »

Double Rainbow: Sweet, Sweet "Chocolate"

I’m about to wax rhapsodic about a cheesy, transparently manipulative martial arts film. But seriously: Prachya Pinkaew’s 2008 movie Chocolate is the best film I’ve ever seen that features an autistic protagonist. And it’s the only piece of media I’ve... Read more »

Double Rainbow: Erasure and Asexuality

The result of prevailing cultural attitudes is that autistic people are perceived as inherently non-sexual. Not as asexual—the mainstream paradigm erases the experiences of asexual autists right along with those of other queer people on the spectrum. Read more »

Double Rainbow: On Lisbeth Salander

 When I first conceived the idea for this blog, I knew that I had to write a post about Lisbeth Salander. For the most part, any discussion of queer autistic sexuality in fiction must focus on lack, on the absence of representations, but Stieg Larsson’s lurid... Read more »

Double Rainbow: Navigating Autism, Gender, and Sexuality

Welcome to my guest blog series, Double Rainbow. I am very excited to be blogging for Bitch and for the opportunity to lend my voice to discussion about representations of autistic sexuality (and lack thereof) in popular media. I chose the title of my blog both as a playful reference to... Read more »

Isn't He Lovely: Hollywood Adores a Handsome Blind Man

If Hollywood gravitates toward a “sexy” disability for male characters, it would have to be blindness. I was recently mulling over how the big screen portrays men of color and with disabilities and realized that blind male characters in... Read more »

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