Book Analysis: “To Siri With Love,” by Judith Newman | talesbytheunexpected

Where do I begin? Maybe first tell about the controversy. If you have lived under a rock, you might be unaware of the fact that autistics can be very vocal when needed, and boy, did we need to be vocal. A mother of an autistic, also a writer for the New York Times, decided to … Continue reading Book Analysis: “To Siri With Love,” by Judith Newman | talesbytheunexpected

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INTRODUCTION

I have had a busy few days imaging for James and Sons’ final auction of the year (takes place on Wednesday – click here to view on online catalogue), so it is only today that I have time for another post. Before getting into the main meat of today’s post there is a small matter of an…

APOLOGY

Some of you may have noticed snowflakes falling across pictures on this blog (as I did today, when I accessed it at the library to get a picture I needed for something I was doing). I am aware that some of my followers have sensory issues that make this sort of thing unwelcome, and I have changed my settings so that those snowflakes will not appear again. I apologise to any who were inconvenienced by this ‘seasonal’ addition of WordPress’s.

SOME AUTISM RELATED PIECES

I will start this section by stating…

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Judith Newman Inserts Her Words into Autistic Curriculum | The ASD Independence Workbook: Transition Skills for Teens and Young Adults with Autism (#boycotttosiri)

FYI | The ASD Independence Workbook: Transition Skills for Teens and Young Adults with Autism (An Instant Help Book for Teens) Workbook Editionby Francis Tabone PhD (Author),‎ Judith Newman (Foreword) Currently | #1 New Release in Teen & Young Adult Special Needs Issues Pre-order   ISBN-13: 978-1684030644 ISBN-10: 1684030641 $16.95 This title has not yet been released. Ships from and … Continue reading Judith Newman Inserts Her Words into Autistic Curriculum | The ASD Independence Workbook: Transition Skills for Teens and Young Adults with Autism (#boycotttosiri)

An Autistic’s Thoughts On To Siri, With Love by Judith Newman

I’ve never made a ‘thought post’ like this before, or a discussion post, or anything like this, simply because I haven’t come across something that I’ve felt I was passionate enough about to write about. But this week, I have found it, and it’s for all the wrong reasons.

If you didn’t know, recently, the autistic community has been outraged by a book called To Siri, With Love by Judith Newman. The book is a memoir from a mother of an autistic boy, Gus, and her thoughts on bringing him up. Sounds like a nice, uplifting read about a mother’s love for her child, doesn’t it?

Wrong.

It’s a disgusting, dehumanizing and downright dangerous book, perpetuating stereotypes and applying 1950’s thought to 2017. I have not read the book myself, only seen quotes from it, but the quotes alone made me feel physically sick to my stomach. If you want…

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Review of TO SIRI WITH LOVE by Judith Newman

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I borrowed a copy of To Siri With Love from a friend, so I could read it and opine on the controversy without financially supporting an author I’d heard was problematic. However, Amazon is now not allowing reviews by people who don’t have a “verified purchase” through Amazon. I currently live on only a few hundred dollars per month (on most months), but I purchased a copy just so I could leave a review on Amazon. I’m autistic, you see, and I think it is so important that autistic people endeavor to make themselves heard on the issues raised in this book.

Autistic voices are almost always overlooked, silenced, and dismissed. It’s a phenomenon embodied in this book, and in Amazon’s policing of its reviews in this case.

To Siri With Love had a deep impact on me. I was able to identify, not with the supposedly heartwarming and hilarious…

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