But one thing it hasn’t done is taken much time to show how Sheldon feels about his own struggles., Netflix’s comedy about an autistic high schooler and his family, which—despite not involving any autistic writers, producers, or consultants—does a pretty good job of showing us who its protagonist is, what he wants, and how he goes about trying to get it.I’m not saying autistic people I like Sam, because he’s such a regular guy and feels so refreshingly human. Whereas other autistic characters on television seem to be almost entirely absorbed in one specific focus—whether that’s physics or detective work—and don’t even try to look for love, Sam has been proactive about having at least a little bit of a love life in his teens and early twenties.I’d tune in next season, if there is one, to see if he’s successful.The first example I ever encountered was a 2009 movie called , which tries to show the inner life of a guy with Asperger syndrome, but ultimately just uses him to further the self-awareness of his love interest, the annoying protagonist Beth, who breaks up with him and uses their relationship to write a book about Asperger’s.We’ve come a long way since then: Though a show like , it does show Sheldon Cooper, who has many of the traits associated with Asperger’s, with a job, friends, and a nice, steady girlfriend who’s almost as awkward as he is.They were first spotted together at a concert in California, and then seen putting out PDAs at West Hollywood hotspot Catch L. “I’m very much single and not ready to mingle,” the former You Tube star said. “I’ve known Brooklyn for years, we’ve been really close and as we’ve gotten older — and I’m newly out of a relationship, we’re definitely like crushing on each other,” Beer admitted. We hang out every day with our whole group of friends in L. It’s something she calls “hard” to handle, even if she’s happy her friendship with Beckham gives her a chance to address the “double standard.” “A guy can be seen with 50 girls and not be said a word about him, and a girl is seen with one and it’s, ‘Oh my God she’s this, she’s that,’ ” Beer said. I try to be a voice for slut-shaming and body-shaming, because I go through that every day and try to make sure my fans know it’s never okay.” “You also have no idea what goes on behind closed doors,” she continued.
The thing about autism is that many of us can “pass” for a long time, long enough that when we slip up like that, it creeps people out—as it eventually does with Julia.He is insular and more or less happy with it, but he wants a girlfriend, especially after his therapist, Julia (Amy Okuda), encourages him to start dating, to his mother’s chagrin.shows how autism affects Sam, his family, and the people around him as he enters the world of dating.I don’t like the falling-in-love-with-the-therapist plotline—it’s trite—but in this context it’s also realistic.As Sam’s dad points out, Julia is one of the few people in Sam’s life who makes him feel competent. Sam’s consuming infatuation with Julia also touches on another, rarely mentioned aspect of autism: It’s definitely possible for our obsessions to be centered around another person.