By Charli Clement 2 Aug 2020 3:09 pm
As an autistic 19-year-old with minimal dating experience, my guard immediately went up when I heard about Love on the Spectrum – a new Netflix dating show featuring autistic teens and 20-somethings. There aren’t many decent examples of autism on TV – you won’t find many autistic people who think The Big Bang Theory’s Sheldon Cooper represents us well – and I was nervous it would be yet another documentary positioned to gain ill-advised sympathy from viewers. I was right to be hesitant. This show treats autistic people like me as separate from the rest of society, and as inspiration porn for people to feel better about their own dating lives.