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Posing for Playboy Does Not Raise Autism Awareness

By joslyngray |

Jenny "Check Out My Rack" McCarthy.

The following is an open letter to Jenny McCarthy, former Playboy Playmate of the Year, model, actor, author, and avowed Warrior Mom. The Warrior Mom part has something to do with the fight against science, apparently.

Dear Jenny,

Let me start by saying, I think you’re generally awesome. You’re beautiful and smart and funny and strong, and you don’t give a crap what people think. I wish you’d take the time to care what scientists think, but you have a lot of nifty qualities.

All that being said, I’m gonna go ahead and call bullsh*t on the idea that you’re doing Playboy “for autism.” You need to stop slapping that label on every damn thing you do. Posing naked has absolutely nothing to do with autism, and simply tossing out the phrase “autism awareness” doesn’t actually make people more aware of what it’s like to be a person with an Autism Spectrum Disorder, or to parent a child with an ASD.

I have no problem with you posing in Playboy. Good for you. It’s your body, and it’s a hot one, so good on ya for making some money with it. And I know that Playboy has a special place in your heart; special enough that you didn’t seem worried when you lost your son for 45 minutes at an Easter egg hunt at the Playboy mansion, eventually finding him hanging out with the playmates in the infamous Grotto.

“I’m like, Oh. My. God! He’s 9!” you told Us Magazine. “So you can imagine, if Hef’s parties are still going on in a few years, I’m in trouble!”

An alternate plan would be just not taking a child to the Playboy mansion, but whatevs.

On Twitter, you gave your reason for posing nude as “Why should only 20-year-olds be considered sexy? Let’s hear it for the MILFs.” I’m going to beg you: please stop there. Promoting the idea that women in their 30s and 40s are equally, if not more, sexy than 20-year-olds is a good enough reason.

Personally, I’m betting the Playboy gig has a little more to do with promoting your two new NBC series launching this summer, and your VH1 show coming up in the fall, than it does with promoting the sexiness of moms. But hey, even if it is more about self-promotion than promoting the sexiness of moms, again: please just stop there.

Because in 2010 you told Access Hollywood that you would pose for Playboy if Hugh Hefner gave your autism charity a large sum of money.

“I would [pose again], for like, $2 million towards autism,” you said.

Please, please, don’t tell us that you’re dropping trou for autism. Because while posing for Playboy may, in fact, garner a truckload of money for your organization, Generation Rescue, it’s not going to do a damn thing for my two kids with autism. Generation Rescue spends an awful lot of time and energy ignoring actual science and promoting an extremely dangerous and damaging anti-vaccine agenda.

I know you believe, with all your heart and soul, that vaccines somehow magically cause autism, despite study after study after study saying that isn’t true. But even if it were, autism doesn’t make kids die. You know what does? Whooping cough. Measles. Mumps. Tetanus. All things we can vaccinate against. All things we are seeing a rise in over the last decade, in the U.S. and worldwide, as parents choose not to vaccinate their children out of misplaced fear. (For a running tally of the number of vaccine-preventable illnesses and deaths since you started espousing your anti-vaccine rhetoric in 2007, see the website Jenny McCarthy Body Count.)

Autism doesn’t scare me. Deadly childhood diseases scare me.

Another thing that scares me is that you hold these quackapalooza conferences in which you continue to claim that your son has been “cured” of autism. It breaks my heart, Jenny. You give false hope to so many when you do that. There is no cure for autism. There is therapy. There is a lot of hard work. There are incremental improvements in skills. There is speech therapy and ABA and social skills training and even medication that alleviates the intense anxiety people with autism may feel when they deal with the neurotypical world.

But when you say that “recovery is real,” I’m gonna have to call BS on that, too. I have seen kids develop social skills after being explicitly taught them because they did not learn them by observation. I have seen kids develop speech after years of intensive work. And yes, I have seen that certain diets help some kids.

But I have never seen a person “recover” from autism. People recover from the flu, or chicken pox. They don’t recover from an inherent part of their neurological make-up. There also remains the question of whether your son ever had autism. It has been suggested, most famously by TIME Magazine, in an article for which you were interviewed, that your son actually had or has Landau-Kleffner Syndrome, a different neurobiological disorder.

You’ll have to forgive me if I’m not convinced by your (complete lack of) science. Perhaps that has something to do with your previous claim that you are an “Indigo Adult” with a “crystal child.” You haven’t mentioned that lately, though. Maybe the chelation treatment leached all the crystal out of him. Also, I see your IndigoMoms.com site is gone, replaced by GenerationRescue.org. Did the Indigo Moms site have as many things for sale as your current site does?

So please, Jenny, just say you’re doing Playboy for the money. Or the promotion. Or the joy of being naked. But don’t try to tell me you’re doing it for autism. It smacks too much of saying people read Playboy for the articles.

Sincerely,

Joslyn Gray

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63 thoughts on “Posing for Playboy Does Not Raise Autism Awareness

  1. angelica says:

    fully ignorant on the subject I’m afraid, but great letter

  2. Dixie says:

    I love you so much right now, Joslyn.

  3. Mom On A Line says:

    Bravo!!!!! What an excellent post.

  4. Jim W. says:

    When she does pose, I will look at her naked pictures. . . for autism

  5. Mimsy says:

    Right on the money, Joslyn Gray!

  6. Kermommy says:

    I have never really appreciated Jenny McCarthy. I personally think that she is a flake with an inflated ego, who has made her child into another way of garnering attention. I don’t really care if she poses naked. I do care that she is promoting bad science, wasting the money of parents and donators and exploiting the cause of Autism awareness for her own purposes. I don’t want her to be the face of Autism Moms. I don’t want to hear her talk of curing her child of Autism while one of my cousin’s children died of pertussis at the age of 3 weeks because a schoolmate of her oldest had not been vaccinated. I don’t want her or the psuedoscientific crap and expensive, dangerous therapies that desperate parents want to believe will help.

  7. goddess says:

    Wow- I’d say SHE gets to say what she’s doing it for. No one else.

  8. Sarah says:

    Thank you for writing this.

    As a person who could die from rubella (Because I cannot hold an immunity to it) I rely on everyone being vaccinated– for both myself and my children, who may share this odds twist of genes. When you vaccinate your children with the MMR, you are not just taking a slight risk of negative reaction– you are protecting them from death AND you are protecting the rest of us– especially me!

  9. Carolyn says:

    AMEN! To all of it! (But also for objecting to the term “recovery” when it comes to Autism. I was an ABA therapist for years, and I’ve seen kids make incredible strides and no longer need therapy, but I’ve always thought that calling them “recovered” was misleading. They learned the skills they needed, they’re fully mainstreamed and doing well, but they will probably ALWAYS perceive the world differently. You don’t undo somebody’s brain and then rewire it with therapy, all you can do is teach them tips and tricks and how to get along!) Nicely written :)

  10. Angelika says:

    I. LOVE. YOU. (in a totally non-stalkerish kinda way) You have put into words everything I have ever thought of in conjunction with that woman. Her name is a no no in our house. Thank you.

  11. Jennie B says:

    Love all of this. Your line about chelation make me laugh out loud.

    In general, I don’t have a problem with celebrities using their fame to promote causes. They have the attention of the world, so why not use it? But when the cause is so harmful, so anti-science, and so blatantly self-aggrandizing, it crosses the line.

  12. Bridget Little says:

    Being a mom of a child diagnosed with Autism at the age of 2 and he is will be 17 in August. I want to say thank you so so much for posting this article. She was never a spokes person for Autism as far as I was concerned for to me she was and still is not sure what was wrong with the son. Autism is not a cold you can not recover from it EVER.

  13. john cave osborne says:

    so great. so clever. so right on.

  14. Milwauken says:

    Awesome post, Joslyn.

    McCarthy is a shameless huckster, and I’m delighted to see more and more people call BS on her schtick. And shame of NBC for enabling her anti-science jihad.

  15. Scargosun says:

    That absolutely rocked! My fave part was that autism isn’t killing kids, preventable childhood diseases can. I have never heard someone say it exactly like that but it is so right on.

  16. Tracee T says:

    A-effin’-MEN! As a medical professional, and someone who works with immune-compromised cancer patients, I find it extremely disturbing the so many parents are making irrational choices based on bad science.

  17. E. says:

    Thank you for this. This made my day.

  18. Celina says:

    Hi Josyln, I really appreciate your frankness and passion for science, I too believe facts/scientific studies are a good reliable source! I do however disagree with you on the vaccine end, and would like to bring some attention to facts you didn’t mention in this article. Vaccines do not guarantee immunity, not only do I know this because my doctor (who immunizes) told me, but you can find endless sources online that say the same thing http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vaccine. I also witnessed my nephew come down with mumps after being “immunized” and no he did not die. I would suggest parents seeking information concerning what best protects your child from risks to their physical and mental health… things such as breastfeeding, natural birth, healthy lifestyle etc. I personally believe empowering families to make decisions is the most important thing when it comes to information regarding pregnancy/birth/medical. Science cannot yet fully explain what causes autism but we do know that certain things can increase the risk of lower IQ’s, neurological disorders, digestive disorders…the list goes on. Formula for instance can lower a babies IQ http://www.sc.edu/healthycarolina/pdf/lsp/101ReasonstoBreastfeed.pdf, there have not been any studies that show the long term effects of epidurals on a newborn baby. I am eager for non-biased sources to continue to seek out what causes autism or ways that parents can reduce the risk of autism in their child. I hope you and your children can continue on your journey and surround yourself with loving people and information that empowers you all to do what is best.

  19. Courtney says:

    Ahhhh, so well said!!!!! Much of the same stuff I made my hubs listen to me complain about. She is making a mockery out of autism, at least thats the way it seems to me. Another thing is the “cure” of her son. Well put there!!!!!!!! I have read quite a bit about LKS, and that sounds more appropriate of her son, than ASD and this miracle cure! As far as not getting ur kiddos vaccinated, just plain dangerous. If she wants to take her clothes of for money, more power to her. DO NOT do it in the name of our kiddos. BTW, how many is it truly benefiting since GR only helps “those with autism due to vaccine injury?” Ok, done ranting, great job!!!!! :)

  20. Donkeys To College says:

    Agree agree agree. On pretty much everything you said. Very well put!

    xo DTC

  21. joslyngray says:

    @Celina – thanks for reading, and for the very well-thought out comment. I agree that there are a LOT of things families can do to improve their childrens’ overall health, including their immune systems. I also know that vaccines do not guarantee immunity. One of my daughters had chicken pox after receiving the varicella vaccine. (She did have a very low-key case of it, however.) And of course not everyone who gets the mumps will die. However, over the last twelve months, the World Health Organization has noted epidemics of childhood diseases like diptheria and pertussis in places like France, the UK, and the U.S., and yes, babies have died. Formula, by the way, has not been proven to lower babies’ IQs. There have been studies that show a *correlative* link between IQ and formula/breastfeeding, but no *causative* link.

  22. joslyngray says:

    @Goddess — True! But since she also uses her platform to espouse her particular brand of pseudoscientific crazy, I’m going to have fun commenting on it.

  23. Laura says:

    1. I don’t like the term “recovered” either. Maybe this is a little dramatic, but when someone loses a limb and gets a prosthetic, they don’t recover. They learn to get around with the prosthetic and I am sure their life is going to be filled with good days and bad days. My son is not going to recover from Autism. But he will learn coping skills and have good days and bad days, but that’s with a lot of work that shouldn’t be discounted by using the word “recovered”.
    2. With that said, I wish I looked like Jenny Mc Carthy. You should see how my body has changed since the diagnosis!

  24. goddess says:

    OK, but please don’t make the mistake the lumping ALL vaccine reactions as anti-science BS. I have a dead son from his reaction to the DTP vaccines he received in 87-88 at 2,4 and 6 months old. It was very difficult to decide whether to vaccinate the next 3, and we did choose to do so, but not without great thought, great worry, and not without acknowledging that some kids DO suffer adverse reactions, and rarely, some die.
    That said, my surviving kids have had all of their vaccines to date, with the exception of Gardisil, which we will not touch with a 10 foot pole.
    Adding, that having had a sibling who suffered severe brain damage from the vaccine, all 3 of mine qualified for a medical exemption that would have held up in each and every state, had we chosen to go that route.

  25. Emily says:

    Great article, I agree with everything you have said. I have a son with autism and therapy taken on the advice of medical professionals has made a huge difference in his life. I also find interesting the ‘sex appeal’ seems to be the new selling tool for autism awareness. There is a group here in Australia called ‘Autism Awareness Angels’ and while they do great work campaigning for autism awareness and work hard for Autism officers to be in schools, i find that their tactic of using sex appeal cheapens the whole message. Posing or playing volleyball in tiny bikinis with ‘Autism Angels’ written across the bum is, in my opinion, a very very cheap way of selling the issue. Education, not seduction is the key to autism awareness.

  26. jackie says:

    Wow, I’m surprised that so many people like this post. It made me sad for you. You come across as a total bitter and judgemental cow. You need relax and realize that other people have a different point of view and life experience than you.

  27. bettywu says:

    @Jackie – ignoring science and using your fame to promote an uninformed gut feeling that can kill is not “a different point of view.” it’s dangerous.

    But way to stay classy with the bitter judgmental cow line. Woot!

  28. dawn says:

    EXCELLENT article! I love it, precise, accurate and a lot less judgemental then I would have had the good grace to be. Thank you for standing up for us mom’s who have kids who struggle through each day with everything they have, and who work with them and pray everynight that they make it just one more day. .

  29. Meagan says:

    Best. Post. Ever.

  30. melanie segal says:

    I totally read playboy for the articles.

  31. @MrsSGMKenyon says:

    Bring it Girl. This is spot on.

  32. Amanda says:

    @Celina- If it had not been for my epidural and emergency C-Section my daughter wouldn’t be here right now. Not every women has the oppurtunity to give natural childbirth. Natural childbirth was a risk for my daughter’s mental and physical health, I’ll take the epidural and C-section over a baby that doesn’t survive labor any day. There are alot of babies that wouldn’t be here today if it werent for modern medicine.

  33. M. says:

    Ah, Wikipedia. That bastion of peer-reviewed scholarly knowledge. Wait, I think I have a WebMD article around here that ends the discussion once and for all…

  34. Zorn says:

    While I agree with the bulk of what you wrote, a few things pop out -

    1) Sure, posing for Playboy does almost nothing for raising awareness for autism (except people *are* talking about it, wouldn’t you say?). But the same goes for a 10k Walk for Autism (walking does nothing, donations are the key, no research was stalled because the walk wasn’t long enough) so where is the fed-up blog entry about the time-waste that is organized Walks For [fill in the blank]? Information raises awareness, right? Just saying “Autism!” doesn’t help, whether it’s a walk or a nude pictorial. The only thing that does anything “for autism” is medical research. You work in a lab?

    2) You and others are probably right that McCarthy’s kid doesn’t even have autism. But do you know? Because until it’s determined that the kid definitely has something else and, therefore, *can* “recover”, it might well be that he has either a rare, recoverable form of autism or they actually did figure out how to cure it. I’m betting no on both possibilities, but guessing does nothing here. And I’m going to assume that you are equally as medically qualified as Jenny to diagnose a kid.

    3) Many people do read Playboy for the articles. While I suppose you don’t care about that it is a very condescending viewpoint you display. Yes, people also like the pictorials but it’s an old joke and comes off as dismissive.

    4) Why, in your blog post “Mama Bieber Turns Down Playboy”, do you attempt to sound like you support moms posing nude in Playboy (while contradicting this blog post) by writing “Just a few days ago I was lauding Jenny McCarthy’s plan to pose nude in Playboy again for the sake or her son’s charity.”? Lauding? Didn’t you just now state that she was posing for money or promotion or being naked and saying it’s for anything more is BS?

    On the surface Jenny sounds like you – she’s the mother of a child with autism, she’s talked to doctors, she’s read books on autism, she believes that is enough for her to speak knowledgeably on the subject. If that doesn’t qualify *her* to tell people how to deal with autism then, guess what?

  35. The Mommy Psychologist says:

    Thank you for this article. 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/

  36. Wendy says:

    http://childhealthsafety.wordpress.com/2012/05/28/italy-court-holds-mmr-vaccine-causes-autism-iv-but-so-has-the-usa-some-autism-history/

    Let’s put aside some of the self-important, whacked-out, insulting-to-feminism things Jenny McCarthy has said (anyone calling themselves a M.I.L.F. with pride is a Bimbo, in my book) and look at what is going on, here. The “study after study after study” have been conducted under the controls of Merck & the F.D.A. self-examining themselves. The U.S.A. has already rewarded a young girl, two years ago, with $$ awarded after her autism was found caused, in a court of law, to be caused by her vaccine schedule. Apparently, the Italian court sees the same thing. With all the recalls of unsafe drugs, in our nation, somehow vaccines, of ALL varieties, are perfectly safe? Time to do research that is NOT promoted by Big Pharma (like “Babble” being sponsored by Enfamil) and get some independent answers.

  37. Amy Braun-Gross says:

    Thank you! Although I am against censorship and really don’t care if Jenny McCarthy poses for Playboy yet again, I do NOT feel that route gives anyone out in the public an idea of what Autism is or what to look for in your own kids.

    How is flashing your vajayjay or boobage out at men showing Autism Awareness. Maybe funding her Autism Research but not making anyone aware.

    And I completely agree on the point that her son is “cured” . there is NO CURE for autism. If there was all of us special needs parents would be in line. And the fact is I brought in two autistic sons who are my angel babies and I wouldn’t change them anyway.

    Good article!!!!

  38. Big Bad Bard says:

    Citation needed Wendy JFTR >.>

    As an autistic adult I thank you for this sassy article, once again Jenny does a publicity stunt. I am sure ten years down the line once she milks this for all the attention it can get she will probably use another child of hers to make more money and get more attention for some other crazy yuppie trend.

    It never surprises me that the quack-loving parents are all middle-class white cis female suburban moms that can afford woo and snake-oil. While the rest of us are barely scraping by making sure we can work or eat. Why can’t so called “autism research”, start researching better supports for autistic adults (like yours truly) to go to college, get a REAL job, get stable housing and live as independently as possible? Why can’t they start actually working with BVR and start getting the foundations ready for the wave of kids in this and the last generation that are gonna be getting jobs? When are they are gonna start funding Voc-training programs? When are they are gonna start kicking Medicaid in the face and make AAC affordable and accessible to both non-speaking adults and kids?

    I mean c’mon people are panicking about 1in88 and yet NO ONE bothers to think about the autistic adults that are gonna be part of that generation? Because SURPRISE SURPRISE you got dickwads like Jenny going about “I haven’t autistic adults..” and this idea that they are some sort of god damn unicorn.

    For those who haven’t an aut-adult.

    HI HOW ARE YOU I AM VITRIOLIC AND GAY NICE TO MEET YOU
    :|

  39. joslyngray says:

    @Zorn – I didn’t write that post about Justin Bieber’s mom. That was from 2010, and by a different Babble writer. But thanks for reading!

  40. Zorn says:

    Thank you, that clears up that part at least. Sorry for the mistake. Would be interested in answers to my other questions, though.

  41. Samantha says:

    Very well said. I switch channels if J McC ever comes on, since I consider her culpable for the children that have died as a result of losing herd immunity. Living is Los Angeles, it was a worry taking my baby out of the house before he was old enough to be vaccinated.

    And I am even more encouraged from this generally positive comment stream – could the tide be finally be turning against the very dangerous anti-vaccine fraud/hoax?

  42. Deb says:

    First – Big Bad Bard, I kind of love you, you make me think of what my son is going to sound like when he grows up, lol, I can completely see him making that exact post.

    Joslyn – Just thanks. Thanks for saying what so many of us have been thinking. My son is autistic. I don’t WANT to cure him of being autistic, because it would be like curing him of being a boy – it’s an intrinsic part of who he is. When people start talking about “curing” their kids of autism, they’re talking about destroying the child they have now, and that makes me really sad for their child.

    I will admit to being a selective, delayed vaxing mom because I don’t believe that the current vaccination schedule is safe, but I don’t think it causes autism either. I do think it may be responsible for a lot of other rapidly increasing illnesses in children, but I think vaccines are important in the long run too. I think Jenny McCarthy’s brand of hysteria is harmful for everyone and especially influential on frightened parents of newly diagnosed children. I also think that for her to claim that posing for Playboy is anything other than a way to keep her name in the news is a load of pure crap.

  43. Dean McIntosh says:

    I am going to ignore all of the anti-vax rubbish some ignorant fools are posting this time, and instead post what I posted on thAutcast’s article about this open letter. As follows (oh, and when you write “children, children, children”, you make it even harder for we advocates who are trying to remind people like Hefner that adults can be autistic, too):

    Nearly two weeks ago, I posted an open letter attacking the problem at its source.

    http://stillfinditsohard.wordpress.com/2012/05/20/an-open-letter-to-playboy-magazine-a-first-draft-effort/

    I stated elsewhere that the more people circulate this letter not only to their friends but people they do not know from Adam, the better. The problem with Joslyn’s letter is simple: it addresses McCarthy, not the real source. I think most of us on the spectrum figured out years ago that McCarthy could not care less what the autistic think.

    We need to attack the problem at its source, and that means addressing people like Hugh Hefner or anyone else who will give McCarthy the time of day. We need to explain to them thoroughly, as I have done in my writing, that to the same autistic adults she has told the media do not exist, she is seen in similar terms to Ilsa The She-Wolf Of The SS.

    Joslyn, please help me by actually addressing Hefner. The buck still stops with him at Playboy. If enough people remind him that his choice to associate with McCarthy means that heterosexual males who were born different to those in power will never buy his product again, we can make a difference. Addressing McCarthy is the equivalent of urinating into a very strong wind.

  44. Katrina Moody says:

    What a hard-hitting post! Do you know how many parents I have spoken with who feel the same, though? Tons! Thanks for putting voice to what so many of us already think!

  45. Sanriobaby =^.^= says:

    Great post!

  46. Dean McIntosh says:

    Further:

    In the writing I linked in my comments above, I make reference to the fact that I know at least two women whom I would prefer the sight of naked over McCarthy any day of the week. I also state very clearly that I know this because I have seen them naked. Both of them are borderline autistic (that is, the criteria excludes them by the tiniest of margins).

    It has been suggested to me in comments about my earlier posts concerning my own open letter to Hugh Hefner that organising photo shoots of autistic women who are models would be a good idea. The idea being to promote facts like 1) you cannot tell who is autistic just by looking at them, 2) there are autistic women in the world who are very pleasant to look at, and 3) this is how far our meaning extends when we say nothing about us without us.

    This leads me to why some of the comments posted here (not naming names) disgust me. I grew up in a household where I was psychosexually abused, and in spite of that, I managed to reach adulthood with a semi-healthy view of human sexuality and the appreciation thereof. I can only wonder what possesses people to think that disrobing for a cause is somehow dirty or disgusting. The problem is not with the proposed act. I hope to Odin above that Mr. Hefner gets this message that I have already posted numerous times over the last few weeks. The problem is with the mindset of the person doing the disrobing, and what she proposes to do with the proceeds.

    Mr. Hefner, if someone has brought writings like this to you, I want you to be very clear on something: McCarthy is one of the people who thinks it is acceptable to put bleach into the bottom of a child for being autistic. Giving her money to pose naked for you can therefore be considered by us an act of war.

  47. Katie says:

    So well said. It’s amazing there are no repercussions for her damaging anti vaccine actions. Unfortunately so many people take her word for it without thinking about it themselves.

  48. ChildHealthSafety says:

    Big Bad Bard commented on May 31 12 at 6:58 pm

    “Citation needed Wendy JFTR >.>”

    JTFR Big Bard, the citations are in the link Wendy provided. You can also read the translation of the Italian Court’s judgement and download a copy in the original Italian.

    So BBD, looks like you did not even bother to look.

    You wrote “I am sure ten years down the line ….”

    10 years down the line we will hopefully have far fewer autistics as the science now being accepted in Italy and elsewhere continues to prevail over the junk science driven by drug industry profits which we have now and which you so readily accept as if it were true.

  49. Anonymous says:

    So…much…wrong…stuff. I can’t even start.

  50. Kelly says:

    Wow, just wow. This letter was rally mean spirited. I don’t believe it is dangerous for a mommy to go with her gut. And if she has a platform to get the word out, then good for her!! She is not responsible for decisions other mommies make. She is only trying to share HER story and HER experience to raise awareness on the subject, but it is ultimately up to us to educate ourselves. take some responsibility people! As for the vaccines…Why is it ok to overload our tiny children with over 20 vaccines in the first year? 6 shots per visit is a bit ridiculous. Why is there a need for a chicken pox vaccine? Ridiculous. And why the need for all those preservatives and mercury in our vaccines? MERCURY!!!!! So it can sit on the shelf longer? That is not ok. Sure, in theory, vaccines are a great idea, but we must demand more from the drug companies.

  51. Erin O'D says:

    I am standing up and applauding! Everything you said: keep saying it.

  52. jessica says:

    TOTALLY AWESOME POST!! This hits the nail right on the head! I don’t like Jenny McCarthy..at all..But I wish her little guy all the best in health and life. And I will NEVER buy into the load of bs that people only read Playboy for the articles..paalease!! My ex husband was addicted to porn, and just about completely destroyed me and my self image, before I kicked his ass ou(put up with it for 13 yrs..). Now I am with a real man, who loves and wants my body, not some money hungry slut’s…Yea, I have a chip on my shoulder, deal with it!

  53. Adrienne says:

    Bravo! Great letter

  54. Big Bad Bard says:

    @Deb
    Thanks for the kudos, it’s nice to get some feed back from parents. I am sure your boy will grow up to be a strong a confident young man with good self-advocacy skills and willingness to do good for the community (and bonus if he ends up sassy and gay like yours truly ;D)

    @Dean
    It has been suggested to me in comments about my earlier posts concerning my own open letter to Hugh Hefner that organising photo shoots of autistic women who are models would be a good idea. The idea being to promote facts like 1) you cannot tell who is autistic just by looking at them, 2) there are autistic women in the world who are very pleasant to look at, and 3) this is how far our meaning extends when we say nothing about us without us.

    This is a good idea in theory, I don’t know how many autie/aspie women would be terribly ok with it and how inclusive it would be (say attractive autie trans-men/women cis men…) and what kind of access and accommodations would be provided to make a photo shoot sensory-friendly? While I do have body issues I am not opposed to be naked, however camera flashes really freak the fuck out of me. I think understanding and asking others for input is important.

  55. LGBTofCowlitz says:

    Here here!! Fantastic article!

  56. carie connell says:

    Leave her alone..she does sooo much for the Autism community. People are so critical of everything celebs say or do. She has been fitting a huge battle to come out on national TV and talk about Autism Awareness and FIght for Vaccines to be looked at closer..and if she wants to take her clothes off to earn money to continue to fight for Autistic children…soooo WHAT…don’t you have something better more uplifting to write about?

  57. Crystal says:

    I would just like to share something here about vaccines… I am not completely against vaccines, but I do not think my infant or 2 year old can handle the number of shots that doctors want to give them.. 4 in one day really?? and some of those have more than one vaccine in them…. I stopped getting my kids vaccines about a year ago, and I AM GLAD!! Cuz guess what, my children have not been sick since I stopped, not even a snotty nose. I think it’s a little messed up that when i was getting them their shots they were sick every other week with 102-104 temps but no one that there was anything wrong with that… Have you ever looked up the amount of mercury that is in a Flu shot for instance?? Well I will tell you, in 80% or flu shot there is 49.6% mercury… now when an average 130pound person gets a flu shot they are exceeding the daily recommended amount by more than 4 times… When a 22pound infant gets a flu shot, they are exceeding that limit by more than 25 times… Now I don’t know if you know, but mercury is directly linked to causing tremendous damage to the brain. things like fetal changes, decreased offspring survival and lung tissue changes. . . . Exposure in utero and in children may cause mild to severe mental retardation and mild to severe motor coordination impairment…. HUMMMM I wonder why some people think that vaccines cause Autism…… And keep in mind I have only talked about the flu shot here.. Think of the, oh what is it, like 30 shots we are supposed to give our kids by the time they are like 4 or 5??? and also think about what else could be in those shots that is harmful.. again.. not saying that I wont give my kids some shots, but for the most part we just try keeping up with good hand washing, and other prevention measure to keep our children from getting sick… just thought i would share this info… Not trying to be mean I just thought everyone should know why some of us like Jenny, don’t vaccinate..

    And yes brain disorders may not kill children, and some of the things that we can vaccinate for might, but ya know what, I think I would rather be dead than have something happen to my brain that I cannot fix.. but hey that’s just me..

  58. dt says:

    Crystal, I think you have absolutely no idea about anything, especially medical evidence and science.

  59. Erynn Chase says:

    crystal- your kids did it have a snotty nose for a year?? I find that very hard to believe. Snotty noses and cold viruses are not that big of a deal. How did your kids from getting a cold? Did you keep them inside your house? Not let them touch anything when they were out? Not travel? Did they not interact with other little kids or go to preschool?

    Also, where is the information coming from about the mercury? According to what sources? Both my kids have been vaccinated and always tolerated the sts fine. No fevers or reactions. They have had cold viruses with fevers and never need antibiotics, (knock on wood).

    Hmmmm, I think Pediatricians, scientists, the CDC may know a little something more than we do about vaccines and the benefits. Sure, there are always risks to everything. But, I think most people,including the doctors and scientists that have the knowledge and education tha have studied for years and devote their lives to it may know something about it and that the benefits of vaccinations far outweigh the slight risk of long term harmful adverse reactions.

    Please don’t forget that grops, media, talk shows etc always have an agenda to push. Think.

  60. Erynn Chase says:

    I’d also like to add that vaccines ot only protect the individual vaccinated it the also protect the spreadofnfection to others who can not be vaccinated. Such as infants under 8 weeks. People with compromised immune systems due to other medical complications or diseases. Immunizations prevent and/or minimize the spread of an infection that could be fatal to someone else. Not vaccinating your kids can affect the health of others in your community. Even if everybody washes their hands. Viruses are also usually airborne. You can’t always prevent no matter how diligent you are about hand washing.

  61. Big Bad Bard says:

    @Crystal, please stop using eclipses because LAWD…that is too many and I can’t read a god damn thing.

  62. Alex says:

    So Jenny shouldn’t take her kid to the Mansion for an Easter Egg hunt when there were tons of other kids there? Really? I’m sure security there was very tight as far as no one being able to kidnap someone’s child so drop it as far as not being worried about her kid missing for 45 minutes. I’m sure she knew he was with someone and having fun so to blast her on that is uncalled for.

    Kudos to Jenny for doing this.

    Hissssssssss to the wast of time this article is

  63. Jenna says:

    You’re my new favorite person.

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