The highly anticipated sequel to my first post on masking! This post focuses on the process of unmasking and learning to let yourself be unapologetically autistic.
The trauma of growing up autistic is something that needs to be discussed. Allowing autistic adults to heal and express themselves in whatever way they want is part of this.
I’m not “high functioning” and I’m not “low functioning”. I’m autistic, and this is why you need to stop using those terms.
I want to talk about the word “awkward” and why using it for people who show autistic traits is inherently ableist.
Very early in my journey towards a diagnosis, I read that autism is more commonly diagnosed in males than females. When I looked into this further, it became clear that autism is commonly missed in females due to multiple factors, including a lack of knowledge about how it is presented in females, misdiagnoses and masking.Continue reading “Masking in autistic females: why we don’t “look” how you expect”