Originally Posted by Gibonius
The funny thing is that it was really the parents of autistic kids (like Jenny McCarthy) that ramped the fear of vaccines up to this level. Tell them
that "neurodiversity" is such a great thing.
I saw an article, written by a guy with autism, entitled "I'd Rather Have Autism than Measles." Now, you won't meet anyone with a hotter, more vicious contempt for the anti-vax movement than me, but I'm pretty fucking sure I'd rather have most acute illnesses than a lifelong neurodevelopmental disorder.
There was also a lot of "ableist" crap in the article, a concept which is its own kind of stupid. My understanding is that the problem with discriminatory xxxx-ist thought is that it inherently posits that whatever it is you're putting down is somehow inferior. E.g. it's bad to be sexist against women because that means you believe women are inherently inferior to men. It makes sense that we would criticize this sort of thought. However, it completely breaks down as criticism when you start talking about ableism, given not being ill is
better, and you'd be better off if you weren't ill.
I have a cousin whose son is, she claims, autistic, and she goes on with this shit all the time. "I don't want to change you for the world; I want the world to change for you." Sorry, but that ain't how it works. If there is something wrong with you, we don't need to bring society down so you fit in. What we need to do is figure out how to mitigate or correct what's wrong with you so you can enjoy a normal life.