UNMASKED: Snippets & notes from a lifetime collection of journals (pre-diagnosis).
Advocating for autistic acceptance.
June 19, 1994
TW: references to animal euthanasia
In high school, I shared a different viewpoint when I presented my paper suggesting we use euthanized cats and dogs from the Humane Society for dissection instead of frogs raised specifically for that purpose.
My logic was that those cats and dogs were going to be euthanized regardless (no-kill shelters were more myth than reality at that time). Why kill more animals?
Plus cats and dogs are biologically more similar to us than frogs (mammals vs amphibians). I actually thought that would help my case. Turned out the mammal thing made my suggestion even more appalling to my classmates.
They literally gasped and then booed me. I just wanted as few animals to die as possible but I didn’t take into consideration the cultural views on pets vs “others”. I was even ostracized for protesting dissection and suggesting computer simulation as a better alternative.
I felt very unsupported and judged by both teachers and students. Misunderstood as cold and uncaring when I was trying to humanely problem-solve. It didn’t make sense to me then and still doesn’t. Guess my expectations were too high. 🤷