Jenny McCarthy announces that she will pose nude in Playboy again “for autism”

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First of all, I thought I’d put “for autism” in quotes in the title for one simple reason… she’s not doing it for autism.

You can read the news stories here

Jenny McCarthy is head of Generation Rescue, a charity that claims to fight on behalf of children, specifically children with autism and even more specifically than that, according to them, children that have been harmed by vaccines.

That’s all well and good, I can argue those points another time.

The fact is though, by focusing a cause on children, and then making efforts to raise awareness of those children… fighting for those children… she might as well have said that she’s posing nude for children.

See how wrong that sounds? No one goes nude in order to support children.. or their families. No one goes nude to support ANYTHING other than their own selfish, attention grabbing, publicity seeking stardom.

She’s not doing this for my child. She’s certainly not doing it for your child.

And don’t tell me she’s doing it to raise awareness because I think most Playboy readers gawkers have heard of autism already.

Oh, and the $2,000,000 she agreed to do it for? That goes towards autism in some form or another so it’s all good, right?

In the very second sentence of this post, I said that she’s the head of Generation Rescue… a charity. So think about it for a second.. who exactly is that $2,000,000 going to?

Sure, you could say it’s not in her name exactly, but I’m sure if it was Donald Trump funneling money to his own endeavours rather than to the cause he claims to support… one might have a different opinion.

Even still, even if every last cent does trickle down to the children in some way, it’s still not going to my child or anyone else’s child who doesn’t believe that it was vaccines that caused their child’s autism.

And that leaves out a LOT of children with autism. A LOT.

So again, she’s not doing it for autism.

She’s making a mockery of real causes and real issues.

She obviously isn’t making enough (publicity) out of her shameless self promotion of her books and so she’s doing this.. not for autism, but for herself. And only herself.

She’s in the news today. She’ll be in the news when the pictures come out. She’ll get herself onto the talk shows to talk about it. She’ll sell some more books.

My child will still be sitting on the couch playing Mario.

Great job Ms Opportunist… err… McCarthy.

For the record, to be as clear as I can… I do NOT support this idea, I do NOT feel it represents me or my child at all and I most certainly do NOT think she is representing the community.

This is disgusting. Not because she gets nude for money but because she does it in the name of autism.

For more on my research into Jenny McCarthy, read: The Jenny McCarthy-Autism paradox

About Stuart Duncan

My name is Stuart Duncan, creator of http://www.stuartduncan.name. My oldest son (Cameron) has Autism while my younger son (Tyler) does not. I am a work from home web developer with a background in radio. I do my very best to stay educated and do what ever is necessary to ensure my children have the tools they need to thrive. I share my stories and experiences in an effort to further grow and strengthen the online Autism community and to promote Autism Understanding and Acceptance.

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37 Responses to Jenny McCarthy announces that she will pose nude in Playboy again “for autism”

  1. Chris May 19, 2012 at 8:35 am #

    There are so many things I can say about this, but I think you said it all. This is just a stunt to get her name back in the news.

    Well said.

    • Adi May 19, 2012 at 12:13 pm #

      totally agree. you said it all. thanks for posing nude for my kid jenny. hope it pays for something good other than your bills and wardrobe.

    • Jennifer May 21, 2012 at 9:47 am #

      I totally agree that she is doing it for the attention, and not for autism. Temple Grandin has never had to show off a thing, and she does 299 more things for autism with class.

    • EmpathyHeals March 28, 2014 at 6:03 pm #

      Exactly, I also wanted to say something but I couldn’t think of anything because it’s said so well already. Great job.

  2. Kate May 19, 2012 at 8:36 am #

    Well, ya know, if we all just listened to Jenny, our kids would have been “cured” by now. .Since most of us didn’t, guess she will try to capitalize on this little offer, all in the name of “helping” us see the light for our kids. Maybe her kid has autism, maybe not, but I just do not think she is an expert in any way. Maybe she’d like to experience a little taste of real-life autism, done without the respite available to her. Oh, well, everybody’s gotta have a cause, I guess. Just seems like hers is more “Jenny highlighting Jenny” than “Jenny highlighting autism.”

  3. Courtney May 19, 2012 at 9:16 am #

    I totally agree, what a media hog!!! I wanted to say something else, but that wouldn’t be fair to ur readers!!!! Who does she think she is??? She is disgracing us all with her actions!!!

  4. Joe Hill May 19, 2012 at 9:40 am #

    I think regardless of the motivations, whether it be for money or the nebulous “autism awareness” there are better ways to accomplish this. People are going to read in Playboy for the boobs not Autism. Why not just give an interview for people to read in Playboy. That’s provocative enough.

    She did this in her past, not sure If I really care enough to approve or disapprove of it, but one would think that she can move on. She’s definitely an activist, author, runs her own charity. That’s impressive. Stand on that and give interviews.

    Don’t know. Just my two cents

  5. Joe Ryan May 19, 2012 at 9:42 am #

    Who cares what she does?

  6. Lydia May 19, 2012 at 10:19 am #

    She’s already shown her naked body. I know it was 20 years ago but thanks to plastic surgery and photoshop-there won’t be much difference!
    Blogs like this are bringing more attention to it then it deserves.
    I am a mother of two sons, both regressed after vaccines. I respect that you know that wasn’t the cause of your son’s Autism.
    But will you please try to respect what a lot of us other Autism parents do know. What we experienced and saw with our own eyes. Quit blaming it all on Jenny McCarthy. I have read dozens of books since both of my sons were diagnosed, not just hers. She never claims to be a medical professional or give medical advice. She shared her story and made money off of it. How many celebrities do that with just sex and scandal? She actually helped some of us and our children, yes, she did!
    IV chelation is illegal in my state, I don’t put my sons in oxygen chambers. I simply believe in following an organic, gfcf diet, and using natural remedies to detox, like nightly epsom salt baths.
    If you want to believe the pharmaceutical companies who are profiting off of all of our children (disabled or not) over concerned parents who have no monetary gain, so be it.
    But one day you will see who the real criminals are.
    Best Of Luck.

    • M. Klein May 20, 2012 at 1:17 pm #

      http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2011/01/06/132703314/study-linking-childhood-vaccine-and-autism-was-fraudulent

      http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2011/09/29/140928470/worries-about-autism-link-still-hang-over-vaccines

      I’m tired of repeating myself like a broken record (see, we autistics understand idioms), so just read these.

      • Lydia May 21, 2012 at 5:30 pm #

        http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/83-cases-of-autism-associated-with-childhood-vaccine-injury-compensated-in-federal-vaccine-court-121570673.html

        I’m tired of reposting this, too. And I have to add the former head of the FDA admitted a mere 1-10% of reactions are ever reported, so a very miniscule fraction of what should actually makes it to vaccine court. I’ve tried, trust me.

        My oldest had no vaxxes from 4 months-20 months. His development was a little slow but after getting caught up at 20 months with lots of shots we lost everything. He became so frail and sick and had constant diarrhea.

        A month after his diagnosis I was made to feel like such an awful mother for not wanting to get his little brother vaxxed, I did, he reacted immediately.

        I stopped vaxxing him then and it’s no coincidence at all that he is nearly recovered form his official diagnosis 9 months ago. His older brother is much more severe.

        There’s nothing wrong with saying I know what caused my son’s Autism and I hope to pull them out of it enough to where my oldest is physically healthy and I can talk to him like I’m talking to you. Is that so bad? If they’re on the spectrum forever, so be it. But right now their quality of life (especially my oldest’s) is being affected. And as their mom I’m putting them in speech, OT, (no behavioral) and paying attention to their health.

        Signed,
        One Horrible, Neglectful, Hasn’t Spent Hours Every Night For Over A Year Researching FACTS,
        Warrior Mom

  7. Sheri Marino May 19, 2012 at 11:22 am #

    What the HELL?????????…..How dare she dirty the name of us Autistic’s by taking her clothes off!!!…..NOT one Autistic Adult supports or likes her & the damage she has done to so many innocent children is unspeakable!!!…..May the Universe strike her down for the mockery she’s making of my people!!!….

  8. Joeymom May 19, 2012 at 11:42 am #

    This woman does nothing for my blood pressure. But at least my son is also on the couch playing Mario. What’s up with that?

  9. Janet May 19, 2012 at 12:11 pm #

    Jenny thanks BUT NO THANKS. You are hurting more than helping.

  10. Cheryl D. May 19, 2012 at 12:22 pm #

    Great points, Stuart! You left off one point though (irrelevant to your argument as it may be…). Who in the hell wants to see Jenny McCarthy naked? It will probably be the lowest-selling Playboy mag ever.

    Just saying….

  11. Lou May 19, 2012 at 12:56 pm #

    I know sometimes subtext is hard to tell in the written word, so I wanted to preface this post by saying that this comment is meant in good spirit and with the intent of opening up an honest debate. So please read it with that thought in mind… thanks.

    =================================

    If I were to hazard a guess, I would say that if anything Jenny posing nude for Generation Rescue will open up debate (like this blog post) and get people talking about autism. To me that is a good thing,

    I am one of those people that will outright say I have NO CLUE as to why there appears to be an autism epidemic. I don’t write blog posts about it because I don’t want to add to the confusion that is already out there for parents of children newly diagnosed.

    I could care less if Jenny McCarthy is posing nude. The 1995 version of me would have thought that Christmas came early. The 2012 version of me has Tweeted Jenny and told her that whether one agrees with her stance or not, the love and compassion she has for her son makes her hotter to me than any magazine spread she has ever done.

    I think it is a pretty big stretch to say that she is posing nude for children. I am not sure what your stance is on pornography. Maybe you are just against porn and therefore have an issue with somebody posing nude. If so, just say that you object to her posing nude on moral grounds. Many people have had benefits at bars for their walk teams. A bar sponsored my walk team t-shirts. Does that mean I was drinking for children? I don’t think so. People raise funds in a variety of ways. Is Jenny McCarthy posing nude JUST for autism? Of course not… she has projects to promote. Autism is certainly at least ONE of the many reasons she has to pose nude though. Mention her name to somebody with no connection to autism, and I bet that they mention autism as much as they mention Playboy.

    Nothing in the world is black and white. There are many levels to everything we do. Is your blog JUST to promote autism awareness? Mine isn’t. If I was being truthful with myself and others, there is a certain level of ego that is required for any person to think that their opinions and thoughts matter SO much that they HAVE to share them with the world. I mean your blog URL is your name. Nothing wrong with that, mine is too… I just think people need to be honest with their reasons for doing things. Is autism the main focus of our blogs? Certainly. But there are other, more selfish reasons we blog.

    I have mediocre looks… at BEST. On the Darwin evolution chart, in terms of body type and the amount of body hair… I am about 3rd from the left. Nobody wants to see me naked. That said, if somebody said that they would give $2 million bucks to the autism charity of my choice if I posed nude… my clothes might come off right there in the meeting… in front of my parents.

    Arguing that the money going to her charity isn’t going to benefit all children with autism is an odd position. That is no different than saying that donating to a charity that helps starving kids in one part of the world is no good because it isn’t helping starving kids in other parts of the world.

    Not every advocate out there needs to speak for and/or represent my child. Neither does every organization. I get at least one email a week telling me that I should distance myself from Autism Speaks for a variety of reasons. I reply to those posts with sincere thanks for their concern and explain the reasons why I feel Autism Speaks is a charity I can get behind. I then explain that not everybody has to agree with that position. What is important is that you find an organization that you can support, that matches your ideals and that you participate. Do something. It doesn’t have to be what I do, but contribute and share your thoughts. That is what is important. Not “my organization is better than your organization” or my child isn’t going to benefit therefore your charity is bogus.

    The autism community is so fragmented. If we just spent half as much time finding common ground as we do complaining about somebody else’s opposing opinion, I think we would get a lot more done.

    Correct me if I am wrong, but I think if you were being honest here this blog post boils down to a few points:

    1) You don’t like Jenny McCarthy.
    2) You object morally to pornography.
    3) You do not believe that vaccines cause autism.

    So just say that, because quite frankly this post has as much to do about autism as Jenny posing nude in Playboy. It is a small part of a larger picture.

    • Stuart Duncan May 19, 2012 at 1:12 pm #

      1. I have no issue with her except for her exploitation of autism to further her own popularity. Other celebrities do just as much or more for autism yet don’t make it all about them.
      2. I actually have several porn star friends and have been to the Playboy mansion myself (want to see my pics if Hef?). I have no problem with nudity, posing nude or even doing hardcore porn, if it’s what you want to do… But don’t claim to be doing it for autism when obviously it’s not.
      3. I do not believe that vaccines caused my son’s autism but I have stated several times in many places that I don’t dismiss the possibility. No one knows for sure.

      As for the purpose of this blog, It is solely to promote autism acceptance. I have other sites and can focus on other interests elsewhere. This blog makes me $0 and has a low number of readers (relatively speaking) so ego has nothing to do with it… or else I’d cry myself to sleep most nights or would have shut it down years ago.

      Nudity had it’s place and that place is not as the representative of autism.

      • Zoey Roberts May 19, 2012 at 6:11 pm #

        ty for sharing this Stuart as Jenny is showing her true colors (minus her clothes too) as an Autistic adult she doesn’t represent me or my Autistic nephews. She is nothing but an attention whore who is selfish. Its too bad she will still have a little cult of parents who like lemmings will follow her off the cliff, like those at the age of autism/generation (non) rescue etc who support her and wakefield like a cult. I know that this little stunt will backfire in her face & more and more parents will hopefully stop believing her and her so called “cures”…

    • Amy Knox May 19, 2012 at 3:21 pm #

      LIKE! That was very well said! I don’t approve of public nudity or porn in any form (my own PERSONAL preference) that being said I could care less how anyone else chooses to view it. It’s their choice. I too, have a vaccine injured child and love that someone is getting the message out there that it does happen. No one seems to take us seriously even though lots of parents can link their child’s regression to a vaccine injury. I also respect that all parents who have autistic kids do what they can to help them, including Jenny. Any news that gets the word out about autism is good news, if Jenny is doing this for selfish reasons then she will receive her own judgement. I don’t agree with her means (it doesn’t make sense to me to take your clothes of for charity) but hey, to each his own!

      • M. Klein May 20, 2012 at 1:07 pm #

        Sorry, but the vaccine theory of autism is a hoax. That’s not my opinion, it actually was proven. You can look up the story. It was reported on NPR and probably other media sources, too, although i only know about the NPR story. I have no interest in starting a conflict, but i think parents should be informed about their children’s conditions. Studies have shown that autism most likely develops prenatally (and no, this does not mean that it’s “your fault”). But the vaccine “theory” is destructive because it can lead to parents not vaccinating their children against serious diseases, which can then spread and cause a health emergency. No, vaccines are not perfect, but they are generally understood to be preferable to outbreaks of the diseases they protect against.

    • M. Klein May 20, 2012 at 1:14 pm #

      Vaccines don’t cause autism. It was discovered to be a hoax. So i think that’s an excellent reason to object to this story, and most of jenny mccarthy’s attention-grabbing “advocacy” tactics. The woman once said that autism gave her son “loss of soul.” Sorry that’s not a “mother of the year” award-winning statement.

      http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2011/09/29/140928470/worries-about-autism-link-still-hang-over-vaccines
      http://shotofprevention.com/2011/02/02/npr-addresses-vaccines-and-autism-a-story-of-medicine-science-and-fear/
      http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2011/01/06/132703314/study-linking-childhood-vaccine-and-autism-was-fraudulent

  12. Misty May 19, 2012 at 2:25 pm #

    I cannot believe she is using autism the reason shes posing in playboy. Do you think that if her son wasn’t autistic that she would be doing anything for autism. I bet she ain’t going to show up on my front porch wanted to know about my autistic, ADHD child. Hell no she ain’t, I would love to a quarter of the 2 million she is getting for posing just to be able to get my son the stuff his doctors & therapists have recommended for him to have. And to be able 2go buy a new car so I will have dependable mode of transportation, cause alot of his appts and specialist are 3-4 hrs drive. So, Jenny I thoght

  13. Jess May 19, 2012 at 4:26 pm #

    I am sure the women from the Women’s Institute in Calender Girls will be pleased to hear that they did it all for themselves and not for the cancer charity for which they raised so much money There are a lot of things I would not do to raise money but because I would not do them does not mean that someone else should not.

  14. Jaap Verduijn May 19, 2012 at 7:17 pm #

    I’m autistic, and when Jenny poses in her birthday suit she certainly does it for me (happy grin)! Attagirl!

  15. Science Mom May 19, 2012 at 9:34 pm #

    Can we take up a collections for her to NOT pose?

    Arguing that the money going to her charity isn’t going to benefit all children with autism is an odd position. That is no different than saying that donating to a charity that helps starving kids in one part of the world is no good because it isn’t helping starving kids in other parts of the world.

    You aren’t aware of Generation Rescue’s use of donations are you? They take out full page ads (costing tens of thousands of dollars) in national newspapers to tell parents how eveeeel vaccines are. They supply unproven, untested “alternative medicines” to parents of autistic children to test out on them including a now-banned industrial chelator. The rest? Anyone’s guess.

    The autism community is so fragmented. If we just spent half as much time finding common ground as we do complaining about somebody else’s opposing opinion, I think we would get a lot more done.

    You are right and do you know why that is? Because a cadre of vocal parents led by an ignorant Playboy bunny insist that vaccines cause autism. Because in their arrogance of ignorance they keep pushing that agenda to sway parents of newly-diagnosed autistic children into their camp so their pseudo-scientifc beliefs can be validated. These angry, bitter parents are fragmenting the autism community and they will never believe that anything but vaccines caused their children’s autism because they simply want something to blame.

    • Lou May 22, 2012 at 2:38 pm #

      At first I thought somebody was just passing my thoughts off as their own. Now I realize you are quoting me and meant your post as a response. Sometimes I am not the sharpest knife in the drawer! LOL

      I agree with your point on Generation Rescue. It is a perfectly reasonable position to say that you oppose her giving money to a charity because you disagree with how they handle their finances. You can argue that you disagree with their practices in terms of treatment.

      My point was that Stuart said:

      “Even still, even if every last cent does trickle down to the children in some way, it’s still not going to my child or anyone else’s child who doesn’t believe that it was vaccines that caused their child’s autism.

      And that leaves out a LOT of children with autism. A LOT.”

      That is the argument I find flawed.

      Also placing the fragmentation of the autism community squarely on the Vaccine folks isn’t fair. I see plenty of parents of kids that go out and offend self-advocates, self-advocates that offend parents, neuro-diversity folks that offend others and get offended themselves, the vaccine folks that feel in their heart that their child was severely affected by a vaccine get called “nuts” and in turn make outlandish claims that are hurtful towards others.

      Just in your statement alone you call parents that believe vaccines have damaged their children in some way as arrogant, ignorant, angry, and bitter and suggest that they can’t accept reality and are looking to place blame somewhere. You seem to paint them with one big brush. You don’t know what is in their hearts and minds any more than I do. I would refrain from calling people with opposing views names and essentially calling them crazy. Argue the merits and leave it at that.

      BTW… we should keep in mind that McCarthy herself is not anti-vaccine. She is for safe vaccinations. She has said so many times.

      No… There is plenty of blame to go around when it comes to the autism community being fragmented. That is why I try not to contribute to the negativity. At some point all of these varying opinions being shouted from the rooftop become a wall of noise, and the message of any individual group gets lost.

      • Anonymous mom May 22, 2012 at 3:21 pm #

        I agree with you, Lou. My disappointment in Jenny McCarthy’s choices, particularly this one, has nothing to do with any particular group of parents or individuals. There are some parents/people that did not experience a regression. My child did. A particularly devastating one that has caused loss of language, loss of knowledge (not knowing what anything is anymore and being extremely panicked about that), anxiety, frustration, no sleep, a drastic change in personality- all of this has been so hard to watch our child go through. We knocked ourselves out finding the right people to help our child, ones who could help progress and development while still keeping things fun, interesting, not scary, and with no adversives. ABA has helped so much. It’s not strict ABA, but a combination of other methodologies like Floortime. Jenny McCarthy’s child had access to 40 hours a week of ABA in a very good program. I understand that he made some progress. We have had to fight tooth and nail, as well as ask the entire family to make hard sacrifices just to get our child the good therapy. None of it is covered by insurance. Our state does nothing. We make “too much” to receive benefits. But it’s worth it that our child has some language back and isn’t so frustrated and scared all of the time. THAT’S what I wish that Jenny McCarthy would have espoused. It would be like basing a huge organization and all of my efforts on fighting breast cancer by getting rid of birth control. Yes, there is possibly a link that is backed by some data and some cases. But if chemotherapy isn’t getting paid for, then- even if good points are being made- it doesn’t really help people that are currently strugging with it. I don’t know if that’s a good analogy, but it’s best I can do on little sleep.

  16. Anonymous mom May 20, 2012 at 12:26 am #

    As the parent of a child with autism, I have trouble understanding this choice and many others that Jenny McCarthy has made. She made the choice to become a public figure, and asked to be taken seriously as an expert, a mother, and the spokesperson of a charitable organization/political organization. The decision to pose nude- it feels like autism gets stuck with Anna Nicole Smith as a spokesperson instead of Kate Middleton, that’s all.

    I’ll stick with Temple Grandin. Classy, honest, smart, and compassionate. And real. Someone both my child and I can look up to.

  17. M. Klein May 20, 2012 at 12:58 pm #

    I can’t figure out if this woman actually thinks she’s helping autistic people, or just doesn’t care as long as she gets her 15 minutes of fame. Definitely seems like she’s using autism to get attention…i don’t understand how anyone could see her as an “advocate.” Especially since the woman said of her own son, “I looked into his eyes and saw the ‘loss of soul.’” So thanks, lady.
    Thank you to the author of this very honest article.

  18. M. Klein May 20, 2012 at 1:01 pm #

    Oh, and for the people who still think their autistic child was “vaccine injured”? Sorry, but it’s a HOAX. Look it up. NPR and half a dozen other news sources covered it a YEAR ago. Vaccines do NOT cause autism – there are studies now that suggest it’s impossible for autism to be caused after birth, that it’s entirely prenatal.

  19. The Mommy Psychologist May 21, 2012 at 12:53 pm #

    If there was ever a chance of me being able to take her seriously as a self professed autism expert, well, it’s gone. Is anyone going to be able to take her seriously now? What are they gonna ask her at autism awareness events now? Autism expert and playboy playmate just don’t work well together. I talk about it more here:

    http://www.themommypsychologist.com/2012/05/19/can-you-guess-which-autism-expert-is-posing-for-playboy/

  20. The Mommy Psychologist May 21, 2012 at 12:55 pm #

    If there was ever a chance of me being able to take her seriously as a self professed autism expert, well, it’s gone. Is anyone going to be able to take her seriously now? What are they gonna ask her at autism awareness events now? Autism expert and playboy playmate just don’t work well together. I talk about it more here: http://www.themommypsychologist.com/2012/05/19/can-you-guess-which-autism-expert-is-posing-for-playboy/

  21. Science Mom May 22, 2012 at 8:50 pm #

    “At first I thought somebody was just passing my thoughts off as their own. Now I realize you are quoting me and meant your post as a response. Sometimes I am not the sharpest knife in the drawer! LOL”

    Sorry about that; this blog didn’t accept blockquotes so it was completely my error.

    ““Even still, even if every last cent does trickle down to the children in some way, it’s still not going to my child or anyone else’s child who doesn’t believe that it was vaccines that caused their child’s autism.

    And that leaves out a LOT of children with autism. A LOT.”

    That is the argument I find flawed.”

    It really comes down to a matter of opinion doesn’t it? However, I understand that statement to define how Jenny’s cheap ploy is really just that and will only benefit and energise (in their minds of course) her base. The rest of the autism community, i.e. those who don’t believe their children are “vaccine-damaged” are unfortunately associated with her and her publicity whoresmanship.

    “Also placing the fragmentation of the autism community squarely on the Vaccine folks isn’t fair. I see plenty of parents of kids that go out and offend self-advocates, self-advocates that offend parents, neuro-diversity folks that offend others and get offended themselves, the vaccine folks that feel in their heart that their child was severely affected by a vaccine get called “nuts” and in turn make outlandish claims that are hurtful towards others.”

    What you describe are really isolated incidences in the big picture. Look at the big players and funding organisations and you really have two factions, science-based and the curebie/autism is vaccine damage, the latter created to sate parents who believe that and will potentially donate and/or to satisfy a personal crusade. Now we have very limited funding and would go so much further by pooling resources, creating a large conglomerate of investigators who could collaborate more effectively. That is only part, another big picture is political activism and yet another, support and resources for autists and parents. Far too much time, money and resources have been spent chasing the vaccine-autism claim due to a small but vocal minority who insist on beating that dead horse at the expense of all people with autism. That was the long explanation for why that particular group is dividing the autism community pretty much exclusively.

    “Just in your statement alone you call parents that believe vaccines have damaged their children in some way as arrogant, ignorant, angry, and bitter and suggest that they can’t accept reality and are looking to place blame somewhere. You seem to paint them with one big brush. You don’t know what is in their hearts and minds any more than I do. I would refrain from calling people with opposing views names and essentially calling them crazy. Argue the merits and leave it at that.”

    Um, I am arguing the merits and have been doing so for years in fact. No matter what study and how many (and there are many) come out that don’t point to vaccinesdidit, that particular faction just won’t believe the evidence. I do know what is in their hearts and it is always the vaccines and only the vaccines. It is not appropriate to suggest (well you can but it isn’t correct) that an opposing view point has merit. That is creating a false balance and something that the media is profoundly guilty of to create “manufactroversy” and paper sales. Studies have been done, “both sides” have been heard in the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Programme’s Omnibus Autism Proceedings (NVICP OAP) (an awesome read by the way) and the epidemiology and biological plausibility simply do not support that autism is caused by vaccines. And before someone invokes Hannah Poling, let me ask how she is even remotely representative of the over 5,000 claimants in the OAP.

    “BTW… we should keep in mind that McCarthy herself is not anti-vaccine. She is for safe vaccinations. She has said so many times.”

    My daddy calls me princess, doesn’t make me one. Her actions are pure anti-vaccine. She has said she will never vaccinate her child again, advises others not to. She has shouted obscenities at renowned physicians and scientists as they were calmly trying to dispel her claims. Which by the way, her own claims that her son was vaccine damaged are so inconsistent, one wonders what kind of cognitive disassociation one has to have to not see that. She has created a false dilemma by claiming that vaccines are unsafe (with no evidence whatsoever) so would only use “safe” ones. The bigger issue should be “who cares what Jenny McCarthy believes about vaccines” because I’m not taking any scientific or medical advice or taking advocacy seriously from an uneducated D-list celebrity who has to threaten to take her clothes off to pay attention to her and her “cause”. Temple Grandin or Catherine Lord or Simon Baron-Cohen don’t have to do that. And before you think it, I completely support a woman’s right to choose what she does with her body.

    “No… There is plenty of blame to go around when it comes to the autism community being fragmented. That is why I try not to contribute to the negativity. At some point all of these varying opinions being shouted from the rooftop become a wall of noise, and the message of any individual group gets lost.”

    You may be a better person than I for that but I fight the anti-vaxxers because they do fragment the autism community, because they do take money, time, resources and attention away from good research. I fight them because they de-humanise their children and other autists by calling them “damaged” and “soulless” and “in need of curing”. It does bother me that their children are going to read that their mummies think they are a “yard sale of medical problems and neurological damage”. And oh yes, these are all things that these people have said about their children including Jenny McCarthy.

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