4/28/2010

Proving Once Again that AoA is the Bastion of Anti-Feminine Screed as Well As Anti-Vaccination Screed

"What's especially funny is that Wallace is "excited" about it. Yes, Virginia, when you deliver the handjob, you get paid. That's how the oldest profession works." --classy commentator at AoA

(work in progress, cuz, they're in rare form today)

Only at AoA, where irony isn't a concept they apparently have even heard of, could people spend so much time attacking female reporters, lambasting them for having been food-related reporters or entertainment reporters (for example) all while promoting a Spanish teacher and Handley as qualified to dissect epidemiological studies or Blaxill as qualified to write on mercury poisoning. Even worse, though, is suggesting or flat out saying that these women are whores for writing pieces supportive of science. It's not just the men who do it, either. Stagliano was mighty darn quick in November with the whole Snyderman under the table providing Offit with well-wishes (although Stagliano was far more crude).

Stagliano, who watched and tweeted through the Frontline piece last night from her bed where, she wrote, she would be able to scream into her pillow while not waking her children (though that piece appears to have gone poof), might avoid all these rages if she'd breathe for a minute and ask herself which is more likely: a global conspiracy against her and other parents who think it's vaccines (even though her youngest isn't vaccinated and she has three on the spectrum) or that there really is no connection, other than the one she and her posse/supporters have concocted. If the only docs you have on your side are woo-nuts trying to sell you products or colonoscopies, you might have yourself a problem. And if you have to sell your point by calling female reporters and doctors whores or relate to them as sex objects, you're acknowledging you've already lost, that you have no facts to back you up. Using a young man with Asperger's to spread the hate speech against women around, that just makes you extra classy.

Here's a tweet from AoA: "And if you believe them, when you child regresses into autism, we will still welcome you, hold your hand and support you. It's what we do."


I guess they mean the vaccine thing. Yeah, here's a tip for you. No, they won't hold your hand. No, they won't support you. Not unless you buy into the skewed and incorrect idea that vaccines did it. Not unless you think that mining chelator is good. Not unless you buy into it all hook, line, and sinker.


Here's another for you: "The Frontline Episode was public health porn. As one sided as we expected. No mention of Bailey Banks, no MDs 4 vax safety."

Lovely. Just lovely.

7 comments:

kathleen said...

You have to admit though-they are pretty consistent! Didn't Ms. Stagliano say the cause of her third child's autism was from the heavy metals in her body passed to her through nursing? HMMMmmmm. wonder if she has done any chelation on herself?

David said...

I think what this represents is a more explicit manifestation of the nature of "anti-vaccination": At its most fundamental level, the issue is one of proper parenting, which traditionally is particularly a concern of women. In these terms, criticism of vaccines, gov, Pharma etc. is an externalization of conflicts and value judgments between women. Directing pejoratives about women (which can be most deeply rooted AMONG them) against those who take the side of the external "scapegoats" only reveals the true nature of the conflict.

Nightstorm said...

Using a young man with Asperger's to spread the hate speech against women around, that just makes you extra classy.

If your are talking about Crosby, I would to satirically infer that his misogyny is the result of sexual frustration. Dually added on to the frustration of being an aspie male so receiving intercourse from a willing woman is twice as hard...however

Brotha still needs to git laid.

just a little dharma bum said...

I find the misogyny they spew to be really offensive - and I'm so not easily offended. But it's not funny like AoA think it is, and as you've pointed out, Kim, it's just their way of replacing facts in the argument, so it's also weak.

David's insight is very accurate from where I'm standing - women are very often likely to criticise other women as much as or more than any man. It's sad.

Any woman who has had to fight through that kind of hate speech in her life [no "post-feminism" here, still very much on with the feminism for this woman], or any woman who has an ounce of empathy for that matter, would not refer to another woman that way or condone the use of that language. Again, it's weak ... strength is in being big enough to not resort to saying things like that, not in belittling someone else because you have nothing of more value to say.

David said...

"dharma bum",
I appreciate the feedback. To explain my ideas a little further, I think it's typical of ANY group for criticism to be harsher between members. It's also all too typical to envision outsiders as holding the opposite of one's own values- what I call an "invented antithesis". I have read about and thought of many of these points in relation to Jews and anti-Semitism.

Sullivan said...

AoA has a culture of attack. "anti-femminine" is just one way that manifests.

Take note that Frontline calls AoA out on their "anti-vaccine" sentiment on the website.

storkdok said...

Well, If I had read this sooner, I wouldn't have had to ask my question on FB today, would I? Unfortunately, I have a lot of catching up to do after I get over this strep throat.

Well said, I get it now, Kim!