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I've wondered the same thing about the "autism spectrum" which I gather is falling into disuse for precisely this reason.

Degrees of heart impairment, insulin resistance, or even depression can be quantified (poorly in the latter case, to be sure.) Applying this to "I feel feminine today teehee" is ... peculiar.

A lot of autistic people don’t like the “spectrum” part because it suggest the very real differences between different autistic people are linear on a scale when they aren’t. Doesn’t make any sense to compare that to gender woo though and I would avoid that so you don’t accidentally imply legitimacy to their nonsense

Makes sense, thank you.

Autism sounds more similar to, perhaps, multiple sclerosis, which I know a bit more about due to family members with it, in that there are many symptoms, and not everyone has the same ones, or the same severity - so a linear spectrum is also not a helpful analogy.

Yes that’s exactly it. It’s similar to MS but instead of just symptoms I would say traits would be better when talking about autism because some time autistic traits can be very positive instead of a symptom or a pathology. But yes not autistic person has the same traits or to the same degree.

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Autism sounds more similar to, perhaps, multiple sclerosis, which I know a bit more about due to family members with it, in that there are many symptoms, and not everyone has the same ones, or the same severity - so a linear spectrum is also not a helpful analogy.

Migraine, too.