Happy New Year!
I’ve lost count on the potential causes of autism because they pop up daily.
One that resonated with me over the past year was the discovery that mothers with Lupus are very likely to have an autistic child.
The reason that one resonated with me is because I’m autistic, I appear to have Lupus, and I realized that what my mother referred to as her “eczema” was probably Discoid Lupus or Subacute Cutaneous Lupus.
That made sense to me.
This morning, the first day of 2016, I received my daily Google Alert list of autism articles and one caught my attention.
It’s by a very good writer, Emily Willingham, who writes about autism and publishes in the Forbes magazine.
This particular article was criticizing Malcolm Gladwell’s remarks about the link of autistic men and child pornography.
I’m an autistic man but I’m not into child pornography, and the thought of that disgusts me.
The connection does have some scientific merit on the surface if one considers that many autistic individuals have Emotional IQ’s (EQ) much younger than their physical ages.
As a scientist, I’ve concluded that my Emotional IQ fluctuates between 13 and 18 years old most of the time. All that means is that I am super naive and I assume that everyone is telling me the truth; at least until they prove otherwise.
The article referenced autistic men with Emotional IQ’s of around 10 years old, and the hypothesis is that those men were sexually interested in children of around the same age.
I’ve done some research in the past on childhood sexual abuse and what I synthesized is that the majority of adult sexual abusers were more into ‘power’ over their victims than attempting to have an ‘intimate relationship’ with them.
That makes sense to me.
Furthermore, if one analyzes the average sexual awakening in a young boy, it’s usually around the age of 13 when they reach puberty. And when that happens, assuming it is a heterosexual boy, he’s generally interested in big boobs of older women, not flat chested little girls! 🙂
Consequently, I think the above premise should have been raised when psychoanalyzing alleged adult autistic males who happen to be into child pornography.
However, near the end of the article Ms. Willingham cited another autism ’cause du jour’ of 2015 which I remembered reading about, ‘circumcision’.
That one had me really scratching my head when I read that pseudo-scientific report.
As I recall, the hypothesis of that over-the-top cause of male autism was the result of the pain experienced during the circumcision process which altered the genetics of the brain. Really? 🙂
In the spirit of starting off the new year, let me add my theory and autism ’cause du jour’.
The cause of autism is the interbreeding of alien lizards from an oval planet with humans on a tiny round planet.
As ‘The Story of Leonard’ unfolds, I hope to make a valid scientific case for that hypothesis… 🙂
[To be continued…]