autism spectrum quotient
besides having no trouble scoring well into the 30's, (i've always been good at tests, what can i say), it occurs to me that the entire premise of asperger's and related spectrum disorders is a pernicious and proverbial slippery slope down which the social-gadfly-esque hugger-and-feeling-sharer crowd marginalize, pathologize and pariah-ize anyone who doesn't want to play with them. seriously. i mean, who made up the rule that says socializing is "healthy", while preferring to keep to ones self is not?
those of you who know me know that i have no trouble socializing when i care to. maybe that's why nobody's stamped my forehead with a scarlet A (for asperger's/autism, yo). but i absolutely get why numbers are cool, (if you ever want to win a bar bet, just bet the guy drinking next to you that no matter how tall his beer glass might be, its circumference at the top is longer, and if you'd like to understand pi and diameter sometime, just let me know and i'll happily regale you), and i have no love to lose for people who are always getting their feelings hurt for no logical reason at all. (get over yourself, will ya?). my real problem is with "professionals" who take trivia like the quotient derived from the aforementioned test and try to use it to put individuals in diagnostic pigeonholes, and imply to them that there's something wrong if they choose the library over the theater.
theater sucks, ya know? and i'm quite convinced a good part of our myriad problems here in this country stems from not enough people making not enough trips to the library, and i, for one, would like to see MORE asperger's folks in positions of responsibility than fewer. (aspy's don't collude well, which would eliminate a lot of that pesky party political graft and corruption, for one thing).
until then, leave me alone--i'm working on a math problem.