A positive view of Aspergers?

By Janine Booth

Detective Saga Noren in “The Bridge” was fairly clearly high-functioning autistic, having Asperger Syndrome or being somewhere nearby on the autistic spectrum.

This portrayal was, I felt, broadly positive. Saga is an intelligent woman, capable in her field of work, with focus and a useful detachment.

Her personal and emotional life was atypical, but not in a particularly negative way. Her autistic-literal thinking was shown in amusing ways too: on one occasion in a nightclub, a man she fancied offered her a drink and walked away bemused when she refused; she followed him to explain that she refused the drink because she was not thirsty (obviously), but would he like to come back to her place for sex?

This was a utopian portrayal of an adult Aspie woman: there is no sign of the distress that can come from being at odds with a society that does not accept that humanity is neurologically diverse. But that is no bad thing.

About HJ McQuarrie

Running. Cycling. Knitting. Stitching. Reading. Teaching. Socialist feminist body theorist, who is a little obsessed with running.

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