Conflicting feelings about #TakeTheMaskOff: 1 – YEAH! Masking is an exhausting and undue burden. Be free! 2 – I’m not usually masking intentionally, it’s a learned strategy bc it’s effective. 3 – It isn’t safe for many multiply marginalized #ActuallyAutistic folx.
I reconcile that by thinking of it as a call to *make* people safer—if only on the hashtag—and (more subtly) to remind non-autistics that masking is a thing. No one should have suppress who they are, but we do have to. That’s what needs to change. #TakeTheMaskOff
I have no idea I am doing it because the reflexes are so ingrained, but I know it is a strain because I developed an auto-immune illness from the stress. Then Dr was all “reduce stress” only NT ways make things worse. Finally on plan that works.
I agree! Masking is an incredibly complicated subject. I don’t know I’m doing it most of the time until I find myself exhausted. And there are times I wouldn’t feel safe to take it off. But I feel free creatively when I can. How about you? #AskingAutistics#TakeTheMaskOff
I’m actually hyper-aware when I do it, even though it still feels like I haven’t made the choice to do it. But because of being hyper-aware, it pisses me off that much more when I’m asked for consideration and don’t get reciprocal consideration.