Do You Like the Word Aspie?
A recent Twitter thread regarding the question ‘Do you like the word Aspie?’. To which I replied that I’ve always liked the word, but I am unable to use it as I don’t have Asperger’s.
You would have thought that this simple statement would be uncontroversial, after all ‘Aspie’ is an abbreviation for Asperger’s, just like the word ‘Brit’ is an abbreviation for the word British.
I’m not blonde, I’m not tall, I wasn’t born in Brazil, I’m not a superhero, I’m not a chess champion, I not named Georgina, I’m not fluent in Russian and I don’t have a diagnosis of Asperger’s.
It seems pretty straightforward to me, but apparently not to everyone. I ended up getting involved in a long Twitter dialogue with someone who genuinely didn’t seem to understand why I feel unable to describe myself as an Aspie.
I explained that could have called myself an Aspie before my formal diagnosis, as I believed myself to have Asperger’s, but as I have since been formally diagnosed with a different condition, it would now be inappropriate to do so.
I tried to explain in simple language, but I couldn’t make her understand.
I ended up blocking her in the end, not because she disagreed with me, but because of her condescending attitude and the fact that she felt the need to sprinkle her tweets with capital letters as if she was explaining something to a small child.
Maybe I come across as unnecessarily pedantic, but I would argue that I am just sticking to the facts. I make no apologies for my fondness for logic.
It makes me think of when I worked as a waitress and my boss told me that she had decided to give all my tips to a charity of her choice. I tried to discuss it rationally with her but had no joy and she ended up ranting at me in the stockroom, screeching
“I suppose you’re a woman of principles are you?” as if it were a term of abuse
To which I calmly replied “Yes, I am actually”