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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 »

We're All Mad Here: You Get Proud By Practicing*

This post was written by both s.e. & Anna. People with various forms of mental health conditions have been talking back to stereotypes and stigma for a long time, but this Mad People’s History and these mad people... Read more »

We're All Mad Here: How Pop Culture Influences "Real Life"

The decision to continually portray mental illness in pop culture for cheap, scary thrills and to avoid giving motivation for villains beyond “the crazy” has consequences. Those consequences are primarily felt by us, our loved ones, and our communities. When people tell me I... Read more »

We're All Mad Here: The Dangers of Openly Identifying with Mental Illness

Fighting the stigma against mental illness is an ongoing battle, and often an uphill one, as illustrated by many of the posts in this series. Sometimes it seems like we make two strides backward for every stride we take forward in terms of reframing the way people think, talk about, and handle... Read more »

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Many characters on television are explicitly mentally ill, and they come in a wide range of presentations. Television as a medium provides a unique opportunity for long, complex character arcs, which can be good when a show wants to take mental health seriously and really explore characters and... Read more »

We're All Mad Here: Dating While Crazy

Common perceptions of mental illness and relationships suggest that mentally ill people do not belong in relationships, do not deserve love and affection, and are even dangerous to marry or get involved with. Not for nothing are undesirable prospective partners “crazy bitches,” are former partners... Read more »

We're All Mad Here: The Institution in Music Videos

The institution as a recurring theme in pop culture tells us a great deal about how people think about institutions and mental illness, and music videos in particular provide a fascinating glimpse into perceptions of institutionalization and the institution as metaphor. Assembling this post, I... Read more »

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