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International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day… Great!

But thanks, but no thanks, to including me in long taglists πŸ™„

Overwhelming notifications overload 🀯

Finding out about blocks I didn’t know about 🀦

Muting notifications πŸ™ˆ

Sorry, not sorry 🀷

This is self-care πŸ˜‡

Autistic #BurnedOut

On this International Women’s Day, I was blown away by this amazing poem by Ludmila Praslova

Image description: Smartly-dressed woman in black with umbrella and briefcase walking alone.

Aww, little girls are celebrated,
But – only cuteness is highly rated.
Mirror, am I unincludable?

School might reward great learning speed –
But nerdy girls are a bully feed.
I might just be unincludable.

Good students are welcomed in Higher Ed!
But not if your clothes are second-hand,
The poor are unincludable.

At work, I prevented a major loss
But “a girl can’t be smarter than her boss.”
So yeah, I remain unincludable.

This program supports top performers, hurray!
But not if “your name is too hard to say.”
Again, I remain unincludable.

Oh wow, your work is amazingly great!
But – “single women don’t need to be paid.”
Yep, I remain unincludable.

“Too weird, too nerdy – but too artistic,
Can grown women be autistic?”
I no longer accept “unincludable.”

Stuck in a checkbox, no human can thrive
I want to free our talents and drive
No human should be unincludable.

By Ludmila Praslova, Ph.D.

Also don’t assume people identify as a woman. Take the trouble to find out.

Gender identity information is usually in the person’s bio or description, not in their underpants.


Author: Charlie Hart

Late-diagnosed autistic working mum, attempting to write an amusing semi-autobiographical novel with a twist.

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