Tag: gender

March 2019
Women pushing to broaden the definition of autism to be more inclusive
Features / Deep Dive

Righting the gender imbalance in autism studies

by  /  13 March 2019

Autism doesn’t just affect boys and men, but research on the condition still predominantly focuses on them. Some scientists are finally beginning to include women and nonbinary people in their studies.

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Woman stands alone in beige office, ignored by co-workers
Opinion / Viewpoint

Call for help: We need to address suicide risk in autistic women

by  /  12 March 2019

Researchers need funds to investigate why autistic women take their own lives — and how to stop them.

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January 2019
profile in many colors
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Study strengthens autism’s curious link to gender variance

by  /  28 January 2019

Traits associated with autism and gender variance may co-occur even among typical children — a finding that may ease some of the skepticism about the overlap.

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December 2018
Illustration of profiles with brains of different colors.
Features / Special Reports / 2018: Year in Review

In case you missed it: Five Spectrum stories from 2018

21 December 2018

Spectrum’s editors chose five stories from 2018 you may have missed the first time around.

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Two brain images highlight social areas.
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Sex differences in brain hint at roots of ‘camouflaging’ in autism

by  /  10 December 2018

Autistic women’s activity in a ‘social’ brain region tracks with the extent to which they mask their autism.

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November 2018
illustration shows figure with many different colors and shapes indicating fluidity of identity.
Opinion / Viewpoint

Why we need to respect sexual orientation, gender diversity in autism

by  /  27 November 2018

Autistic people with a minority sexual orientation or gender identity face specific challenges, from having their self-assessments dismissed to difficulties advocating for their gender needs.

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Ben Barres, a neurobiologist at Stanford University's Medical Center, poses for a portrait in his lab in the university's campus in Stanford, Calif., Tuesday, July 11, 2006.
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Ben Barres: A transgender scientist shares his story

by ,  /  14 November 2018

Ben Barres agonized over whether to come out as male or commit suicide. In a posthumous memoir, he makes clear that coming out was the right choice.

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Sensory issues in autism may have sex-specific roots

by  /  4 November 2018

Girls and boys with autism show different patterns of brain activity in response to sensory stimuli.

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September 2018
Illustration shows white doctor's hands holding up a male figure cut in paper over a young African-American girl.
Opinion / Viewpoint

Quashing sex bias in autism research calls for participant rainbow

by  /  25 September 2018

Autism researchers must attend to the need for sex and gender diversity in study design as a rule rather than as an exception.

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July 2018
Features / Multimedia

Spectrum presents ‘Flying University: Women on the autism spectrum’

by  /  12 July 2018

There’s been an increasing awareness in American culture of autism and what it’s like to be a person on the spectrum. Yet most of that discussion focuses on the experience of men, leaving unheard the voices of women. Join Caveat and Spectrum for three talks on dating, employment and race, by women on the spectrum.

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