The irony of Vestin's post being highly repped just a few posts above this is making me laugh:)
The fact that Vestin is putting down people with Autism does not make me laugh, and it's annoying it's highly repped.
Frankly - I was more worried people would point out how innacurate of a description that is (assuming it is). I initially wanted to go with OCD but there is nothing compulsive about being unnerved by slight imperfections; after all - I wasn't writing about any twitches, fugue - no actions, merely perception. "Obsessive" alone doesn't really telegraph the idea well, so I settled for "autistic". In hindsight - I could've gone with "neurotic", which is how Ruth Benedict described the child rearing in Japan, where kids are afraid to sit on cracks between mats, etc... but that's a bit of an antiquated term.
More importantly, though, I'm not "putting [anyone] down". I'm aware that this is somewhat of a sensitive issue, so let me try to elaborate: imagine a doctor (a good and dedicated one, to make things easier). Does he hate sick people ? No. Does he hate sicknesses ? You bet. As such - I'm fairly certain disliking autism is fine, disliking autistic people for being autistic... less so.
Even if you ignore all of the above, unless the READER is prejudiced and reads between the lines that autism is inherently worse of a disorder (spectrum) that others, what I have said is akin to "I'm not colorblind - this is disgustingly garish !". Note that the example sentence says nothing about how I perceive colorblindness or people suffering from it. I don't have to add "Some people suffer from X... and that's terrible D: !
" every time I mention something unfortunate that affects a number of human beings. You should be able to tell that I am not malicious or, even better, assume such as default and only verify that hypothesis upon seeing evidence to the contrary.
Finally - you can always hit the minus button if you still disagree. I appreciate people's honest feedback.