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Autism and Gender: From Refrigerator Mothers to Computer Geeks

Jordynn Jack


The reasons behind the increase in autism diagnoses have become hotly contested in the media as well as within the medical, scholarly, and autistic communities. This book suggests the proliferating number of discussions point to autism as a rhetorical phenomenon that engenders attempts to persuade through arguments, appeals to emotions, and representational strategies. The book focuses on the ways gender influences popular discussion and understanding of autism's causes and effects. It identifies gendered theories like the “refrigerator mother” theory, for example, which blames emotionally dis ... More

Keywords: autism, gender, disability, refrigerator mother, extreme male brain, fix-it dads, mother warriors, storyteller

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780252038372
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252038372.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jordynn Jack, author
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill