Monday, August 5, 2013

Are autistic men pedophiles? Bizarre stuff from Temple Grandin's mom

I've just read  a very offensive,at least to me, article written on the Daily Beast allegedly by Temple Grandin's mother who implies that many autistic men are pedophiles who spend their time looking at child pornography and end up being registered sex offenders.  Nearly three years ago, I wrote about Nick Dubin, a neurodiversity activist who as a matter of public record was arrested by the FBI for downloading and looking at child porn.  Dubin, a licensed clinical psychologist and one-time director of a school for special needs children, has made the somewhat dubious (at least to me) claim that he himself is on the autism spectrum.  I'm not sure what happened to his case, whether he plea bargained, was convicted or acquitted.  Other than this I don't know of a single documented example of an autistic pedarest (or wannabe child molester).  I wish Ms. Cutler would provide one but she does not.   

Ms. Cutler makes the entirely alleged (with the emphasis on alleged) claim that an autistic man brought his computer into a repair shop and the technicians found child porn on his hard drive.  No name is given, no link or documentation whatsoever is provided as to the veracity of this story. 

She goes on to make the bizarre and bigoted claims (with no evidence) that autistic men as a general rule have abnormal sex drives and need children to teach them to have sex and this somehow drives them to download child pornography yet does not give a single example (other than her alleged one) of this phenomenon in practice.  She claims to quote University of North Carolina professor Gary Mesibov who seems to somehow concur that as a rule many autistic men are pedarests and pedophiles.  She provides no documentation of where Mesibov has said this. 

I wish she'd give some sort of documentation of this or some sort of published study that claims that autistics have a tendency toward pedophilia.  Or if anyone else reads this blog and wishes to comment on an example I'd be interested in hearing about this. 

I hope people can understand why I find this most offensive.  I wonder if ASAN will get involved with this, since they seem to take offense at something like the Ransom notes campaign which would seem to be considerably trivial compared to this.  I've written an email to the Daily Beast urging them to retract this article or at least apologize for it.  editorial@thedailybeast.com  I hope other people will do so also.  Somehow I think this is more offensive than some deragatory song lyrics or other (at least to me) lesser or more trivial matters that petitions have been started over. 

5 comments:

Jake Crosby said...

I've publicized this blog post. http://www.autisminvestigated.com/protest-daily-beast/

Also, The Daily Beast editor Tina Brown has a son with Asperger's. I already called her out on Twitter for allowing this piece to run. I encourage everyone else to do the same.
https://twitter.com/JakeLCrosby/status/365175079576940545

Roger Kulp said...

I think they're getting the message about this article.Go back over there and read some of the comments.

Here is one from someone named Cinder

Because no one will fund the research to get the data. Autism organizations barely acknowledge the existence of teens and adults.

I've raised two generations of autistics over 40 years, I am autistic myself, I've been part of my local autistic community for 12 years, I've spoken on sexuality at a national autism conference and I'm the cofounder of a nonprofit for families of teens and young adults on the Spectrum with over 500 members. It's a very real issue, of concern to many parents. Access to sex education for autistics needs to be a priority, not only to prevent autistics from wrongly labeled as sex offenders, but to prevent the much larger, more prevalent issue of autistics being raped and sexually assaulted. 9 out of 10 autistic women will be sexually assaulted or raped in their lifetimes.How's that for a statistic?

Jake Crosby said...

According to Temple Grandin's liaison: “Dr. Grandin was not consulted on the article and was not aware of it’s publication until she saw it on the internet.”

However, still no word back from Tina Brown or anyone at The Daily Beast.

jonathan said...

@Jake. I know it's a cliche, but don't hold your breath.

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