Men are oftentimes called “a little bit autistic” by women. In this blog post I, as a woman, will argue why we should not call our men like that. I write this blog to raise awareness of autism during the world autism awareness week running from March 26 till April 2.
The author discusses the results of her recent study on self-reported empathy in women with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and queries how representative currently diagnosed women with ASD are of the total population of women on the spectrum (including those ‘under the radar’ who have not received a diagnosis of ASD).
The author discusses the lack of female- specific research in autism and proposes a new way to look at the issue of under-diagnosing girls with this condition.