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Two stories side by side

[CN: Child abuse, Walk in shoes]
I am hurting and I am angry, but this is important and needs to be said. I invite you to compare the two stories below.
Story 1
A teenager is found chained to a bed
His mother did it
There is a public outcry
Media condemns the mother
The mother is prosecuted

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Think before you tag

Autistic activists do a lot of stuff, including fighting for change, on social media. Personally, it’s where I’m most comfortable because I communicate best in writing.
Of course, there are times when we need to take the fight offline. We do that too, but a lot of it is online – often in the comments sections on Facebook.

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Why do people not read the thing?

Over the past several weeks, I’ve noticed a troubling pattern. People state their opinions without reading the thing that they’re stating their opinion about.
It causes a lot of unnecessary conflict. When someone opposes something that I’ve written, I work on the assumption that they have actually read it.

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Don’t should at me!

It irritates me when someone tells me that I should do something. It elicits an instant reaction of “no!” from me. If the same person were to make the same suggestion, but start it with “could you do this?” I would be far more willing to listen to the suggestion. I would even consider doing the thing.