I found this video on Facebook; it discusses how girls and women with high-functioning autism or Asperger’s syndrome are more vulnerable to sexual assault and rape. I don’t have AS, but have always been interested in autism. My question is: Do you feel that people with OCD, OCPD, Tourette’s, or other mental disorders are also more vulnerable? Why, or why not?
I can see how the social difficulties of AS would present problems with women being taken advantage of. It’s something that people should probably be a lot more aware about.
People with any kind of mental or developmental disorder often get bullied for being “strange” or “different.” In this way all of us should be able to band together, and relate to what the other is going through, no matter what our disorder is labeled as.
One thing that frustrates me about society is that women seem to be more ostracized for being less social. The woman’s role is automatically seen as that of having and taking care of children, and that’s fine; I actually love interacting with, and taking care of my children. But other than that, I am not a very social or outgoing creature — and for women, this seems to be more unusual, and looked on as strange. People seem to look at it as, “Something is wrong with her that needs to be fixed” rather than “That’s just the way she is.” I think as women, we should be free to be either outgoing or introverted, smile more or smile less, without that being a tool to measure our femininity by. I don’t believe we should feel like we have to walk around smiling and giggling all the time, lest we not be “ladylike.”