Wish I knew where I put the hair cutting scissors too, since I was thinking of trimming a few inches off again. Things have been moved around since I used them the last time, though. Guess that will just have to wait.

Finally trying to get this sweaty hair washed out. I wanted to do that earlier today, but just too much going on. And of course it’s still more complicated than it should be 😵

What’s Wrong With Functioning Labels? A Masterpost.



Functioning labels (claiming that some autistic people are “high-functioning” while others are “low-functioning”) do more harm than good, not just because they aren’t able to give you an accurate impression of how much support an autistic person needs – but because they’re instead mainly used to either silence or invalidate autistic people. Autistic people who speak up about the issues concerning them are labelled “high-functioning” to invalidate what they have to say as being inaccurate and irrelevant for other autistic people and so-called “low-functioning” autistic people are being silenced and spoken over because they are written off as too ‘low-functioning’ to have nuanced, relevant opinions or even communicate at all. If you have trouble understanding why it’s bad to label autistic people as either low- or high-functioning, please take the time to educate yourself with some of the many articles linked below. 

Further reading: “What is functioning labels and why are they inaccurate?”

I also wrote Static Bubbles: The Myths of Functioning Labels on AWN website http://autismwomensnetwork.org/static-bubbles-the-myths-of-functioning-labels/
Functioning labels and meaning http://nostereotypeshere.blogspot.ca/2011/12/functioning-labels-and-meaning.html

I Am Joe’s Functioning Label








Blogging this tweet because this explains SO MUCH about the mindset of pretty much all the folks I’ve known who’re against single-payer, it’s not even funny…


This never occurred to me. Not once. That Americans are against Health Care because they think it actually costs tens of thousands of dollars for a broken arm, hundreds of thousands for a complicated birth, millions for cancer treatment.

Because they’ve never known anything different. The idea that a broken arm is only a couple hundred bucks; a complicated birth a couple thousand; cancer treatment only tens of thousands; all easily covered by existing tax structures.

This explains a lot.  And it’s a good example of what I was talking about in my post on scarcity being used to prop up ableism – always question the idea that a resource is genuinely scarce.  Even if it seems obvious that it is, quite often that’s the result of careful manipulation and misconceptions that you’re not even aware of.  

And never think you’re too smart to be fooled by that kind of thing, it doesn’t work like that.  Similarly, don’t think people who are fooled by something are stupid.  Nobody can have all the information about everything, and nobody has the time and energy to investigate and put together conscious conclusions about every piece of information they’re given.  It doesn’t take being stupid, or even just gullible, to believe something like this.

I currently live in a country without free medical care and still, it’s enormously cheap compared to the USA. An American expat wrote a piece for our English language paper about how she paid more for parking at the hospital than giving birth to her baby that’s pretty interesting:


Yesterday I had to go to the hospital cause I injured my eye, I’m frankly dreading what the bill is going to be, but what made me balk was being told in the pharmacy that my insurance was denied for the antibiotic eye drops and it’d be over $100 out of pocket. So I didn’t get my eyedrops.

I’ve had these same drops before living in the UK. They cost me seven GBP.

It’s the exact same drug, same steroid, same strain of antibiotic. But somehow the US gets away with charging $100 for a generic non brand version of a drug which is easy to create and widely used. It’s downright robbery, but also a form of eugenics through poverty and class warfare. You keep the poor poor by making sure basic necessities remain unattainable and then you make it seem like the norm so no one fights it.

The rest of the world is not like this.

Eat the rich. Resist.

Yo @thebibliosphere have you checked the price of your drops on https://www.goodrx.com/ ? It doesn’t solve the root problem obviously but it’ll be easier to resist if you can see.

I use that for my other vital meds which I absolutely cannot go without, and managed to find some of them available at places like sams club and Costco for a tenth and sometimes even the hundredth of the price, so yes it’s a very valuable tool and I will reblog again just for this.