Author Archives: Retha

About Retha

Attempting to question everything, reject the bad and hold fast to the good.

What 50 Shades of Grey (and other romantic stories) really say about women – it was not what I thought

When “50 Shades of Grey” came out, I did not want to live on this planet any more. In my mind, women were reading about a woman getting beaten and stalked – and enjoyed hearing how she suffers. I read … Continue reading

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Actual autistics at the Autism Stakeholder Engagement – how could they make the most of it in future?

“Dress up pretty”, said my mother when I told her I am going. “Just be yourself” said Melt Olckers, the autism self advocate who invited me, when I wondered if I could be of any use there. I was recently … Continue reading

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Join the club! A word game.

I wanted to join: > The social anxiety club, but I am afraid they would hate me. > The psychics club, but they should know that. > The “Learn to Organize your Paperwork” club, but I can’t find their number. (It … Continue reading

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The boy and the witch

It is an old story. It is told in many versions, by different writers: > Kay (in “The Snow Queen”) gets enchanted by the evil snow queen and his friend Gerda saves him. > Edmund (in “The Lion, the Witch … Continue reading

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Is God Autistic?

You who started reading now, I can’t see you responding to the question. Perhaps you just thought: “Blasphemy! How could she ask that!” If you did, it is because you see autism as  a flaw, and your God is not … Continue reading

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When could we not stand on the Word?

I wish some Christians will be a little more humble. When others – especially fellow Christians – correct you, the best answer is often not: “I am standing on the Word, which will always be more right than your opinions!” … Continue reading

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Why should only feminism be “Intersectional”?

Imagine a woman named Sally. Sally runs a soup kitchen. Sally gets some donations, but she also literally gives away all the money she has to feed the poor. Imagine saying Sally is a truly evil person because she does … Continue reading

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