Controversial topics are always so fun. Temple Grandin is a controversial person in the autistic community. This is a miniature rant on why, for the millionth time1, I am not entirely supportive of her.
Like every other post on 6birds, this post is that of my opinion, and I’m totally aware of whatever consequences may come of this.
[Insert something about Temple Grandin here.]
I’m not really a fan of her.
I know, right? I disagree with her on many, many things. I despise how she is idolized, as it leads to a lot of misunderstandings. A lot of people take what she says and run with it, believing it to be true no matter what, and I think it’s very possible a lot of it has gone to her head.
I mean, Aspies sort of have a tendency to have this I’m-better-than-you persona going on, and whilst I believe there’s a fine line between having confidence and really thinking you’re better than everyone, I feel like she is definitely a member of the I’m-better-than-you thinking squad.
She believes all low-functioning Aspies should be cured, as if the high-functioning, like herself, are superior to the world — and she has gone on to explain how neurotypicals wouldn’t get anything done without Aspies, leading me to believe she thinks very low of them as well. In interviews, when asked about her feelings about Aspies, she’s always including “Aspies on the high end of the spectrum”, “high-functioning Aspies”, etc. It’s insulting, and meh, low-functioning vs. high-functioning is a controversial topic within itself.
Long story short: Low-functioning means you probably need recalling. High-functioning means you seem rather normal and don’t need recalling, because you can actually function in society with everyone else!
(Terms were coined by ignorant neurotypicals, of course, probably by the same ones who believe we need to be cured.)
The whole thing on the cure… Whether I’m low-functioning or high-functioning I have no knowledge of, but I believe that, if such a cure came to, then it should be optional, and parents shouldn’t be able to make that choice. A lot of people see Aspies and those in the autistic community as people who need to be “fixed”, and it’s really hurtful.
You can read a post regarding the criticism of her on Autistic Hoya, a blog I quite enjoy, as I agree with many of the things explained in the post.
TL;DR: Temple Grandin is to Aspies as GoDaddy is to domain registrars.
Whilst there are some things she has done I do agree with, those things are very limited.
For some reason, whenever a fellow Aspie disagrees and/or disproves of anything done by Grandin, it’s apparently the worst thing in the world, I have noticed.
(Hint: I have no respect/tolerance for GoDaddy and their practices.)
…it may also be worth mentioning Autism Speaks slowly lost my respect as well during Summer 2014.
- In my head. I’ve never voiced/written/etc. my despise for her before. ↩