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X-Men are Autistic (Episode 67)

X-Men are Autistic (Episode 67)

Mutant and proud!
two autistic podcast hosts, Dr. Angela Lauria and Matt Lowry, LPP discuss the title topic: x-men are autistic

Matt Lowry, LPP and Dr. Angela Lauria discuss:

  • Which came first: the autistic or the neurotypical? Are Autism and ADHD the same thing? Do neurotypicals have a disorder of pruning?

  • How ‘X-Men’ addresses discrimination, social justice, and provides representation for marginalized groups.

  • The two canonically autistic X-Men and several autistic-coded ones too! Plus, some of the errors allistics make when they try to write autistic characters.

  • Spiky profiles, code-switching, and the price (and privilege) of masking.

  • Matt’s no-holds-barred honest opinion of ABA for autism.

  • Hans Asperger, his legacy, and real-life mandatory autism registrations in at least eight U.S. states.

  • And, are bleach enemas a “cure” for autism? (Hint: NO!)

Quotes from this episode:

“In X-men, Mystique, the shape changer, can turn into human looking people and they ask her, ‘You can be anyone you want. Why do you do this?’ And she said, ‘Well just because I can be anyone I want, doesn't mean I should have to. You should be able to be yourself you should be able to be free to be the real authentic you and not mask.’ And, she literally masks all the time for survival, and that is exhausting.”

“First stone tools—autistic people. First iron bridges—autistic people. Calculus—autistic people, like everything. We are not a new phenomenon.”

“So basically we hoard our synapses like we hoard our collectibles.”

“We are synapse hoarders. And this is why our brains process up to 42% more information at rest than neurotypical people.”

“If you like weird, dark ‘Glee,’ you're going to love this.”

Which X-Men superpower would you use to make the world safer for autistics? Which X-Men is your favorite? Tell us in the comments and use #AutisticCultureCatch to share your answer on your social media and connect with other listeners!

Show notes and resources:

Trailer for the new X-men series on Disney+: X-Men '97

Other episodes to check out if you liked this one:

Book Club #06: True Biz

Episode 24: The Trouble with Temple

Episode 28: Superheroes are Autistic

Episode 30: Doctor Who is Autistic

Episode 61: Wikipedia is Autistic

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Welcome to the Autistic Culture Podcast. Each episode we dive deep into Autistic contributions to society and culture by introducing you to some of the world’s most famous and successful Autistics in history!
Whether you are Autistic or just love someone who is, your hosts, Dr. Angela Lauria, the Linguistic Autistic and Licensed Psychological Practitioner, Matt Lowry, welcome you to take this time to be fully immersed in the language, values, traditions, norms, and identity of Autistica!
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