I could have used many harsher terms, but I was exhausted from outrage and despair after reading his latest, and couldn’t really give him my best invective.
Apparently, despite decades of study from medical and childhood health professions, Michael Savage knows better than all of them when it comes to autism. (Like so many of his fellow cultural warrior pundits, an awful lot of it boils down to WIMMIN R DOIN IT RONG (AS USUAL (COZ WIMMIN R LOOSRS)), but there’s a nasty side-dish of JUST SNAP OUT OF IT)
That’s what autism is. What do you mean they scream and they’re silent? They don’t have a father around to tell them, ‘Don’t act like a moron. You’ll get nowhere in life. Stop acting like a putz. Straighten up. Act like a man. Don’t sit there crying and screaming, idiot.'” Savage concluded, “[I]f I behaved like a fool, my father called me a fool. And he said to me, ‘Don’t behave like a fool.’ The worst thing he said — ‘Don’t behave like a fool. Don’t be anybody’s dummy. Don’t sound like an idiot. Don’t act like a girl. Don’t cry.’ That’s what I was raised with. That’s what you should raise your children with. Stop with the sensitivity training. You’re turning your son into a girl, and you’re turning your nation into a nation of losers and beaten men. That’s why we have the politicians we have.
Basically? Fuck you and that ablist, misogynist high horse you’re riding, Savage.
My son is a High Functioning Autistic child. His father has always been part of his daily life. Having a loving father who is consistent with discipline has not made him one whit less autistic, and yet despite his other social difficulties we constantly receive compliments about his manners and his generosity with younger children in our community. His manners derive from us consistently disciplining him with regard to unacceptable behaviour, and his generosity towards younger kids derives from his own sweet nature. He’s also smart as a whip. He’s just not very good at making friends, although that’s improving now that he’s in his teens.
Interestingly, his father’s uncle was a profoundly dependent “classical autistic” – the condition does appear to have some hereditary components). That uncle never learnt to speak, or read, or even make eye contact – yet he too had a father living right there in the house in the between-the-wars UK. There wasn’t a huge amount of coddling happening to any kids during the Great Depression.
My son has challenges that neurotypical people don’t have to deal with, and sometimes he responds differently than most of his peers, but he’s not a moron, he’s not a fool, he’s not a dummy, he’s not an idiot, and he’s not a girl (as if that would make him any lesser if he was, but Apparently in Savageworld it’s crucial that he learn that “idiot” and “dummy” are words that go with “girl” (and girls are losers)). Tell me, Michael Savage – if autism spectrum disorder is such a fundamentally girly condition, then why does it affect four times as many males as females?
Notice how there is no autism epidemic but if there is it’s the fault of the single mothers? Also, boys have to be brought up to properly associate “idiot” and “dummy” with being a girl. That’s how Michael was brought up and it took!
And how does that link to our earlier discussion [about “being a real man”]? I think it points out that the worst thing a boy might experience in that alternative reality inhabited by savages and Savages is that he would turn into something like a girl. That equals being a loser and a beaten man.
Now imagine being a girl and hearing that rant. What does it say to her?