I dislike 'neurotypical' as an opposite for 'autistic'.
I don't dislike the word, though, I dislike that particular sloppy usage. Too narrow/broad, really. It's not like there's 'autistic' and then there's 'normal' any more than there's 'straight' and then there's 'gay'. Except even more, because there are a lot of spectra* involved in the idea of not being 'typical'. My OCD friends aren't typical, my ADHD brother isn't typical, someone with brain damage isn't typical, but they aren't autistic, either.
(Okay, the middle listed one may be slightly BAPpy. Work with me, here.)
I think it's a useful category, certainly, but I think it's used far too narrowly. Which, actually, also spreads to some of my issues with a lot of the autistic movement, especially from the Aspie side of the equation. Too narrow.
I've seen people say things like 'I'm autistic, not mentally ill.' and always want to ask them 'Do you want a prize?' I'm both, and more. What's your point? Is that supposed to make me worth less than you?
I thought that was pretty much what I'd signed up over here to fight?
Any revolution which is supposed to be fighting for the rights of just-us-people isn't exactly one I want to be standing in. I'm not comfortable throwing non-transitioning trans* folk, or the genderqueer, or even the long-suffering crossdressers off the boat, either, for the record, since it's been too long since I drew in my other little revolution.
There's a wide spread between cis* and trans*, and a lot of ways to not fall in the first category. There's a long spread between autistic and NT, and a lot of ways to not fall in the second category. And I prefer to try to find ways to show and appreciate and, yes, celebrate that immense diversity, than to attempt to compress it into a black-to-white spectrum.
So I don't like NT-vs.-Autistic.Title from: Tool - Lateralus*Until literally five minutes ago, if you asked me about this word, I would have told you the plural of 'spectrum' was 'spectrums'. Thank you, Firefox spellcheck and google!