Monday, December 12, 2022

Autists Potentially Communicate Better

"You look really tired," says a woman in MAC Greensmoke to another who isn't.  Just once I wish the reply would be, "I am, your husband kept me up all night."  Not very progressive, but hilarious."

Indeed, hilarious. Problem: what happens if someone's husband really did keep a girl up all night, but it wasn't sexual? How do you communicate that? 

Under this language regime, you almost can't. Even if you try to talk long enough to describe the situation in detail, they will either summarize it as the implication, or they will run out of attention span and stop listening. You practically have to use physical force to get them to hear anything except "lol I banged your mom man."

By allowing all these sly clever readings-into, you dilute, distort, and destroy the language. Autistic literalism is simply more powerful. Allist "cleverness" is weakness, it deafens you and makes you exploitable.

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