Now, let me start off this article by emphasizing something: it's the author of this Guardian article, not James Damore himself, who makes the harmful suggestion that Damore's infamous Google memo and subsequent doubling-down are somehow caused by his autism. This is yet another example of the harmful ways that our culture writes about autistic people – and how damaging that narrative can be.
Well, Marykate, its supposed to tell you that you do not understand autism, and you do not understand Mr. Damore. At all. Hillariously, the author puts this trigger warning right at the start of the article:
This whole article is peppered with weird suggestions like this, suggestions which detract from an otherwise interesting piece. Lewis also quotes another former Google employee on the autism spectrum, who was "fired last year in the wake of a dispute with a female colleague" after previously being reprimanded when he "queried the use of non-binary pronouns during the [LGBT rights] meeting and bluntly questioned whether gender is on a spectrum." As a result, this employee "alleges his dismissal is explained by Google's failure to understand how autism causes him to talk or act in ways that others misinterpret."
Why is the only other person with autism mentioned in this article also someone who has a problem with women? Like, what is this supposed to tell me?
[NB: I know that opinion is somewhat mixed about person-first versus identity-first language, and both sides feel very strongly; since I'm not autistic, I don't get to have an opinion on this, and I've therefore switched between the two here to try and acknowledge both.]
Marykate Jasper says its okay. Hate the nerds. Unless you need one to reprogram your phone. Then you should pretend to like them until the phone is fixed.