Submitter: I’m autistic, and this book (which I found in the public library where I work), contains some of the most sexist and shallow advice for teenage girls, autistic or not, I have ever encountered. The essay by Lisa Iland is particularly horrid. Her rigid hierarchy of popularity puts “unique and unusual groups” squarely at the bottom. She tells girls that unless they “mainstream their image” they will have few friends. In addition, she tells girls to avoid talking about science or science fiction because to her, those things aren’t acceptable topics “for girls”. Instead, she says to gossip about boys, fashion, and celebrity, even if you have no interest in these things. This book will only encourage autistic girls to hide who they are, which will lead to fleeting, shallow popularity rather than true friendship. Eventually, faking “normal” can cause anxiety and depression. Time to weed this one.
Holly: Foreward Magazine’s Book of the Year Award Winner? Temple Grandin is a featured expert? Both of those facts give this book credibility. However…the images Submitter has provided tell another story. I’m a bit shocked by this for all the reasons Submitter states.