In the interest of promoting more robust discourse around the importance of regular vaccinations for serious but preventable contagious conditions, MHA@GW is hosting a guest post series in honor of…
Who the F#ck follows this pathetic excuse of a man. If you think vaccinations are so safe how about we give you the full dose a baby would receive in the first year and see what your motor skills a…
Menstruation is a peculiar phenomenon that women go through on a roughly monthly cycle, and it’s not immediately obvious from an evolutionary standpoint why they do it. It’s wasteful &m…
Source: Why do women menstruate?
Yesterday, Disability Scoop published an article stating that Autism Speaks has discontinued its use of the word “cure” in its rhetoric.
Previously, Autism Speaks spoke of unifying the autism community to address what it called an “urgent global health crisis.”
“We are dedicated to funding global biomedical research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a possible cure for autism. We strive to raise public awareness about autism and its effects on individuals, families and society: and we work to bring hope to all who deal with the hardships of this disorder,” the old statement indicated.
Well, that’s good, right? It’s good to not be talking so much about a cure anymore, right?
The new version, which the nonprofit says has been in the works since at least late last year, takes a decidedly different tack.
“Autism Speaks is dedicated to promoting solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the…
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Warning: Some gory pictures ahead. Not safe for work or children.
While this subject borders on the macabre, I believe that taking an unflinching look at natural extremes can provide us with important insights into how God, or nature, works.
Such unique traits are fascinating because, on the one hand, we see the miracle of creation, but on the other hand, we see that something has gone horribly, horribly wrong. Something unexpected has happened, and nature seems unprepared to handle it. And this leads us to ask some interesting questions about the existence of the individual soul, and questions about who, or what, is behind the formation of these bodies.
Dicephalic Parapagus Twins
Let’s start with the inspirational twins Abby and Brittany Helsen. While in the womb, God or nature knitted them together in an amazing patchwork of organs and bones. The way these twins are joined, it smacks of design, almost as if someone carefully crafted their two bodies so that they could continue to operate in this way.
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I think it’s great that people want to analyze the neurodiversity movement. But sometimes they open their mouths without knowing a damn thing about the subject.
[Author’s Note: In the seven days since this post was published, an astonishing number of people have crawled out of the woodwork to argue against the aims of the neurodiversity movement…without understanding what the aims of the neurodiversity movement are. Those comments have been summarily deleted.
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There’s a piece by Gwendolyn Kansen in Pacific Standard called “I’m High-Functioning Autistic. Here’s What the Neurodiversity Movement Gets Wrong About Autism.” [link is to pdf]
Like every other anti-neurodiversity-movement piece I have read to date, this one gets the fundamentals of the neurodiversity movement very, very wrong. So wrong that it doesn’t even function as…
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[Trigger warning: mental illness] Dear Parent/Carer, I’m writing to you in my capacity both as the parent of a little girl awaiting assessment for autism, and as an adult autistic woman, and …
They should be ashamed. They should grow up and mature and learn that either you have an argument or you do not. When you devolve as a human and debase your opponents with childish putdowns and mockery and threats you are proving you are among the worst of humanity.I hope that by sharing these images, someone will realize this is not a group they want to join. This is a cult run by people who never matured past middle school bullying.And, yes, they do it to me, too. I got this one today on Dr Pan’s Facebook page.***************************************************************My advice to provaxers when you see these comments? When you see the hateful remarks, don’t join their party. Rise above, be respectful, be the change you want to see. If they threaten you or steal your images, report them.
Source: Haters gonna hate
A few centuries ago, it was believed that magical creatures (elves, fairies, goblins and trolls) would often steal a human baby and leave one of their own children in the stolen baby’s place. The magical child was often either very beautiful or very ugly, and when older, behaved in an other-worldly manner. This is known as the Changeling myth. The myth can be explained by conditions such as Cerebral Palsy and Autism, amongst others. Autism researcher Uta Frith believes that autistic children were often thought to be changelings.
Some autistic people refer to themselves as changelings for this reason and their own feeling of being in a world where they do not belong and of practically not being the same species as the “normal” people around them. At one time I was indifferent to this meme. I am now openly against it.
The Changeling meme involves viewing autistic people as not quite human…
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