In the month of March I would like to focus on a the topic that started it all for me. For a long time Autism / Asperger’s was thought of as a primarily male condition. Thanks to more women on the spectrum coming forward, the world is beginning to understand the unique circumstances surrounding girls on the spectrum.
Contrary to popular belief, I do not believe there are less Aspien women in the world than there are men. However, there do seem to be a few factors that could be responsible for hiding many of our Aspie sisters from the world.
Society tends to have different expectations for girls and women than it does for men. When a girl is quiet and introverted she is considered sweet and shy, while boys with a similar temperament may be considered depressed or abnormal. Women are also pressured to be social, chatty, and are expected to act with poise and manners. Men on the other hand are often excused from these overly social scenarios.
Aspian girls and women learn to cope and mimic the people around them, while boys seem to find more difficulty blending in. This can be both a blessing and a curse for our Spectrum Sisters, often leading to late diagnosis (if a diagnosis is ever given at all). Many of us grow up feeling defective, alone, and wondering why things that seem to come naturally to most people elude us.
This month I will be re-blogging many of the videos that I discovered when I first started to suspect that I might be on the spectrum. The stories of these amazing women echo my own experiences and helped me to realize that I am not alone. They are an inspiration and a big part of the reason I started my blog.
I dedicate the month of march to the Aspie Women, the clever chameleons just trying to blend in with society, the pink haired, tattooed warriors burning bright. To each and every one of you – you are beautiful and unique but you are NOT alone!