[The Best American Science and Nature Writing (2016)]
By Rae’Jean Spears
“Women with autism are fundamentally different from men with autism. Autism’s core deficits may be the same for both, but when the symptoms intersect with gender, the lived experience of a woman with autism can be dramatically different from that of a man with the same condition.”This quote by Aporva Mandavilli, from her article “The Lost Girls,” discusses how medical professionals came to recognize that men and women who have autism are affected in different ways.
As Mandavilli’s above quote reveals, autism becomes different for individuals once gender is added to the equation. This was noteworthy as it provided the aim of the entire piece: the difference of autism between men and women is a major issue that has only recently started gaining the attention of medical professionals for research.
After reading Mandavilli’s article, what about Maya’s case with autism stood out to you? Or, what got your attention concerning gender differences and autism? Please provide a page number citation.