There is quite a movement to “reclaim” figures from history as having been LGBT or to try to raise the profile or figures whose contribution was minimised because they were women or black or some other form of oppressed characteristic.
However, there’s also a push to say that we shouldn’t “diagnose” people as autistic or bipolar or any number of things that we now know exist, because one shouldn’t speculate on people’s mental health, that it wouldn’t have meant anything to them etc.
However, it seems to me that we have some fairly obvious aspie peeps that we should be able to take pride in. Much current discourse focuses on the impairments of autistic people, and it seems to be considered part of the signs of autism that you are a failure at life. People who achieved great things therefore either can’t be autistic or we have no right to speculate on their internal worlds. But these then destroys our own history.
Is this therefore something that we should be pushing back on, or something that we have to accept and just start again?