I think it’s interesting that many of the articles I’ve read all state, in one way or another, that girls and women on the Autism Spectrum are hard to diagnose because they “mask” their symptoms.
Yet when I look back on my life I don’t see any evidence that I “masked” any of my symptoms at all.
In fact, more often than not, my symptoms/differences were repeatedly pointed out to me and criticized by others.
So what I tend to see, when I look back, is the exact opposite of the claims made by others that women and girls “mask” their differences.
All throughout my childhood there is clear evidence that although those around me knew that I was ‘different’, no-one was prepared enough to take any steps toward understanding either how or why my behaviors were so different to those of the children around me.
So for me, I find the statement that girls/women on the Autism Spectrum “mask” their ‘differences’ to be both a very misleading and a potentially harmful one.
One that in a round – about kind of way, ends up placing the blame for the lack of awareness regarding females with Autism, right back at our own feminine feet.
After all, we were the tricky ones who were supposedly “masking” our own behavior’s in order to evade detection.
Is it just me or is anyone else beginning to feel slightly perplexed by the repetition of this very insidious form of circular reasoning?
- Autism/Asperger’s Awareness in Women – A Teenagers Perspective – Written by Marnie (seventhvoice.wordpress.com)
- WASP Women’s Asperger’s Syndrome Awareness Page – For those who understand (seventhvoice.wordpress.com)