October 7, 2008

Slow Behind the 8 Ball!

I don’t read a lot of parenting magazines. Most of them don’t represent my life. I don’t recognize myself or my life in the pictures or stories which is why I missed a rather scathing stab by actress, Amanda Peet, at non-vaccinating parents in the July issue of Cookie.

Peet stated, “Frankly, I feel that parents who don’t vaccinate their children are parasites.”

Parasites?

Let’s take a deeper look at that word, shall we?

Biology An organism that grows, feeds, and is sheltered on or in a different organism while contributing nothing to the survival of its host.

Wow! I contribute nothing?

I’ll be honest. If autism hadn’t come into my life, I’d be just like Peet. Misinformed, judgmental, biased. The list goes on.

But I’m not like her. My life isn’t privileged. I don’t have celebrity status to stand behind and use to insult families who have been living with this disorder for decades.

I’m sure if it were up to Peet, our children would be institutionalized so we wouldn’t infect/harm the herd!

Don’t let the exclamations fool you. I’m really not angry. I’m numb.

I don’t understand how Peet could vocalize her disdain for something she knows nothing about? How could she judge someone else’s choices when her life is “normal”?

Worse yet, how can she look herself in the mirror while sitting on the very panel that points the how-dare-you finger at moms like me?

She doesn’t get it. I know this to be true.

Peet, in a later interview with Good Morning America, stated, “I didn’t mean to show disdain, and I did and do apologize for the use of the word ‘parasites,'” she said. “But I do in no way, shape or form retract my position or the meaning behind the use of the word, which is that if there are vast reductions in herd immunity, our children will be at risk.”

Um. She apologized for using the word ‘parasites’ but doesn’t want us to retract from the meaning behind the use of the word?

What?

How can you apologize for something without really apologizing?

Am I the only one who’s confused here?

Does she not know that we’re not anti-vaccinations? If she had been paying attention, she would have realized that all of the rallying is about making the vaccines safer for our children by removing the dangerous and unnecessary toxins from them.

It never ceases to amaze me how critical people can be of others who make choices that aren’t considered “mainstream”.

  • If you compost… you’re a weirdo.I
  • If you recycle… you’re a weirdo.
  • If you drive an electric car… you’re a weirdo.
  • If you don’t vaccinate… you’re a parasite.

Judging doesn’t solve anything. Nothing good has ever come from it.

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