[40] S3, Ep9: Body, brain and gender: an autistic experience
Topics in this episode: Alexithymia, gender, interoception, masking, mirroring, pandemic, sexuality, university

Bernard Grant first identified as autistic in 2012, but it wasn’t until 2020, at the start of the pandemic, that they finally fully accepted this. Now 35, they are a writer and editor in Cincinnati, Ohio in the United States, where they recently finished a PhD in Creative Writing and Comparative Literature. They are nonbinary and asexual.

In our conversation we talk about:

➡ Coming to terms with being autistic

➡ Autistic experiences of Covid-19 lockdown

➡ How autism and gender intersect

➡ Academic studies as an autistic person, learning delays and sensory overload

➡ Alexithymia and interoception 

➡ Masking and mirroring

Squarepeg is a podcast in which neurodivergent women, and trans and nonbinary people, explore navigating a neurotypical world and share their insights, challenges and successes.

I hope that these conversations will be inspiring and thought provoking, open you up to new ways of thinking about being neurodivergent, and help you feel more connected to a worldwide community of people with similar experiences.

I’m Amy Richards, and after being diagnosed autistic at the age of 37 I’m now on a mission to learn more about different perspectives and issues around being a neurodivergent adult in a world that feels like it doesn’t quite fit.



Bernard’s website (including a brilliant page of autism links and resources): https://bernardgrant.com 

Their LinkedIn profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/bernardgrant/ 

Yenn Purkis: The Autistic Trans Guide to Life

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