What happened: In a new interview with Vogue Australia, comedian Hannah Gadsby shared what she hopes people learn about autism from her new Netflix special, “Douglas.” “Douglas” is Gadsby’s follow-up to her critically acclaimed special “Nanette,” in which she laid bare the trauma behind her jokes. In “Douglas,” Gadsby returns to a more traditional stand-up format, but this time, it’s about providing a window into how autistic people think.
The show’s not just that I have autism, it’s that the whole show is constructed to express an autistic way of thinking — I’m not sure autistic is the right word, you know, a neurodiverse way of thinking. — Hannah Gadsby
Look at that face looking at something else. What am I like!? I don’t honestly know. In other news…there’s less than three weeks left until "Douglas" drops on @netflixisajoke… get amongst it… remotely (May 26) I hope you’re all holding up ok ???? ????????????
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The frontlines: Gadsby previously revealed she was diagnosed with autism as an adult. Gadsby shared that getting a diagnosis was an affirming moment, but it took a long time to get there. Autism is often missed in girls.
Studies on autism have typically focused on how neurodiversity presents in boys, not girls, and the presentation is often different
Research suggests girls are more likely than boys to mask their autistic traits in social situations and mimic typical social expressions
As a result of not getting an autism diagnosis, many girls grow up without the understanding, support and resources they need to affirm their neurodiversity and support their mental health and well-being
A Mighty Voice: Our contributor, Molly D. Dann-Pipinias, shared how much she felt seen as an autistic woman thanks to Gadsby’s “Douglas.” “To see someone up there telling jokes in a way that made sense to me was something I never thought I would get to experience.” You can submit your first person story, too.
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Where to watch: If you haven’t seen it already, you can watch Gadsby’s “Douglas” on Netflix and check out the trailer below.