You know I love it when the reading comprehension impaired (is that the politically correct way of saying it?) elect to reblog one of my opinions and in the process make an ass of themselves for my personal entertainment. They’re just all so cute with their “I took that elective in college and/or I read about it on twitter so you better believe I know what I’m talking about" mindset. I just want to pinch their cherubic cheeks. When they make assumptions about how I feel about something or someone, it’s just all the more precious.
In truth, to some small degree I can relate to these kids. As much as I am ashamed to admit it when I was in my early 20’s I too was just as cute and precocious as they are. I thought I knew it all, and was eager to prove it. My head was so filled with college book learning stuff that if I didn’t share all this new information with the world my brain might overload and explode. Thankfully for me, we didn’t have social media and blogs to make an ass of ourselves on back them. Remember kiddies, the internet is forever.
Case in point, my recent opinion regarding ASD and vaccinations. There was a lovely tidbit from Girl Dwarf who assumed I must hate my child with ASD:
“You just basically implied your son is better off dead than with autism, not to mention all the other kids you’d out at risk of painful illness and death as well. Their deaths for your peace of mind. What the FLYING FUCK? YOU ARE TRASH. How dare you. Fuck, it made my skin crawl to read. I hope your son never realizes how much you resent him. It’s so sad and he deserves way, way better than you. Please stop being horrible. You can stop any time (I hope).”
It is my sincerest hope that this lovely darling never has the opportunity to reproduce. If you are dating this young woman please for the sake of us all wear a condom. In fact, double wrap it just in case.
It should likewise be noted that this self acclaimed feminist paragon has no means by which to message her directly (convenient). I also loved how her justification for being so indignant more or less boiled down to “because, um, of studies and stuff”, with no actual source for her information. Maybe they’re teaching something different now in women studies class then when I took it my sophomore year all those years ago.
And of course no troll-fest would be complete without the standard “Flying Below the Radar” pundit. In this case Oweninaz who like Girl Troll can conveniently not be contacted directly echoed her battle-cry of “If you’re not a doctor maybe you should shut up” and the “We do know” with no resource to back up his claim. It’s as if they both can’t imagine a world where one doesn’t have to have a medical degree in order to spend years reading scientific data and actually be able to understand what one is reading. Irregardless, some of us do in fact have excellent reading comprehension abilities. I include myself among them.
I suppose it’s incumbent on me to point out that nowhere in my opinion on ASD/Vaccinations did I state you should not vaccinate your children. What I did specifically say and I quote; “I am not suggesting you should or should not get vaccinations, but you should know the risks of having any live virus or pathogen introduced into your bloodstream before you get one because that is how vaccinations work.” Quite different than the words being shoved in my mouth by these two adorable miscreants isn’t it?
I likewise never implied that giving a child a vaccination could cause ASD in that specific child. What I did say was that my brother, a few neighbor kids and myself all have children with ASD and we all went to the same school, had the same vaccinations, and had our children at the same hospital. One doesn’t have to have a medical degree to find that specific set of circumstances rather curious does one? It was curious enough for The Center for Autism in Philadelphia to contact both me and my two brothers to have us come in for testing. Note I said us, not our children with ASD. Imagine that huh?
And on the subject of Doctors in general, I am not necessarily inclined put all my eggs into their prescription basket. Let us not forget that according to a 2000 Starfield study it was found that Doctors are the third highest leading cause of death in the US. While most of the time I tend to rely on anecdotal evidence to support one of my opinions, unlike a precocious child, I can provide sources for information when needed.
Now ordinarily I am inclined to cut children some slack. Then again, I’ve always been of the mindset myself that if you want to play at the big people’s table, you should in the least put your big kid pants on and actually be able to take part in the discussion intelligently. Again something these two kiddies failed rather hard at.
It is abundantly apparent in both cases that in their rush to toss their two cents into the discussion their respective brains had a “DoH” moment ( hence the picture of the adorable little girl above), and they failed to connect the dots. This happens sometimes. An adult will realize this and correct the mistake, whereas a child will be more inclined to forget it and move on. This is the reason for my condescension regarding both of these tumblr children. Again, remember kiddies; the internet is forever.
Have fun :)!
Calm down, son. I never said you were stupid, or that you don’t have a right to your opinion. What I said was, if you’re going to start a statement with I’m not a doctor, maybe you should start listening to doctors. And to scientists. All who say that vaccinations have nothing to so with autism. Breathe.
I know it’s not the east coast way, but you live in Minnesota, the land of my birth, now. People tend to be calm and breathe before going on rants. You’d do well to learn that skill.