Sophie Henderson Posted almost 2 years ago Is autism, or some types of autism, an evolutionary effect. I'm really very grateful for your post Ted. Autism or no autism I feel that the point needs to be frequently restated that sex differences should be handled with extreme care if we are to avoid them being used as generalisations which can in turn be used to impose discrimination, as indeed they continue to be used. I feel that the economic realities (women earn on average 1/3 that of men) that continue to affect women are masked from everyday realisation and can be readily used to explain why women continue to be dependent on men's good opinion. The man-free alternative is to work or not work and to bring up children or to remain child free. Not to work and to have children exposes women to the very worst that the neo-liberalist establishment has to offer and the bad opinion of all in this miserly world.