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Aspie workplace question (sexism)

Postby Machai » Sun Dec 02, 2018 7:26 am

Greetings all,

I am 42 years old. It has only been within the last 10 years that I was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome. I am Native American and gay....a triple minority as an aspie. I realize that is not the most political question I could ask...but what the hell. How many aspies faces greater discrimination from women than men?

I realize that there is a lot packed into that question. I know Asperger's syndrome has been called hyper-masculinity. Does this affect our overall workplace relationships with women more negatively than men? I ask because I have received more direct discrimination from women than men....and i know I am open myself up to $#%^ storm, but specifically college education black women.

Now, I will say that have not attacked me on the biases of being an aspie (I tend to keep it quiet), but rather for being Native American. I KNOW i ask a lot of questions. I need to. However, I suspect that women react more negatively to that then men - which I totally get! They have had to fight for their position. I am not questioning their authority - however, but I KNOW my track record . I work better with other men than women.

That said - I have more women friends then men. I don't think that is a personal problem. Nor at school. It is only at work.
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Re: Aspie workplace question (sexism)

Postby shock_the_monkey » Wed Dec 05, 2018 2:52 am

off the top of my head, i think the notion of hyper-masculinity being causal to AS has been largely discredited. certainly, there appears to be more males than females that have AS, however, this may be more to do with the fact that, as women have an XX chromosome, rather than an XY chromosome, their DNA is more self-correcting. but also AS has been under-diagnosed in women, ironically because AS is better masked by female gender roles.

and it is female gender roles, rather than women per se, that may underlie your problems. equality, to many women, has given them permission to be as bad as, if not actually worse than, men. and this is particularly obvious in competitive environments such as the workplace.

as for being native american, being in the UK i have no basis to comment.

as for being homosexual, i imagine that you can make as much or as little of this as you like. candidly, i believe that people that are offensive will use whatever they can to achieve that aim.
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