I'm not trying to start a flame war. This is just something I've wanted to get off my chest for a while.
I was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome and Tourettes (Somewhat noticable tics, not "FUCK SHIT PISS" Tourettes). I absolutely hate saying it. The way I see it, Asperger's is nothing to be ashamed of.
Nothing to be proud of.
Nothing to use as an excuse to get out of trouble.
Of course, everyone sees these things differently.
I know everybody's different, and that technically Asperger's is on the autism spectrum. But when people with "mild" Asperger's try to get out of trouble or otherwise use it as an excuse to act like a douchbag or a creep, and say things like "I can't help it, I have autism!"- That pisses me off so much.
I don't see how this set of traits gives people the right to compare themselves to those who have legitimate struggles. I don't like to identify myself as an "aspie", I think I'm a normal person just like everybody else besides being kinda awkward (Again, just one of my traits). I don't like the idea of "taking a stand for aspies".
In school I had interests; Guns and hunting. I got in trouble for talking about guns and my hunting trips to my friends. (Even before Columbine, some of the staff were overly sensitive to the topic. Of course, this was a few years after the L.A. riots.) Not murder or violence. Just things like "Dude, the stock on my 10/22 looks awesome!".
Meanwhile, there was another kid who would touch other students' asses, threaten people for no reason, treat a kid with legitimate autism like shit. Think that's bad?
He would smack it in the middle of fucking class.
Criminal threatening, harassment, sexual harassment, and indecent fucking exposure. But no, he never got in trouble. He was considered autistic. He could get away with anything for being a "special snowflake". Bullying wasn't illegal yet (This was around 1995 or so) but we still got in trouble for calling him out on his bullshit.
Sorry if I made any mistakes, and sorry if I'm rambling, it's 4:30 in the morning and I didn't have much else to do. But what are your thoughts?