Rebecca de Winter
I’d like to introduce you to my son, Jake. He is a sweet, thoughtful, cheerful 16-year-old who happens to have autism. Although he is verbal, his mental/intellectual development is roughly equivalent to an average 5-year-old. He still watches Winnie-the-Pooh and loves trains. He is working on counting change up to a dollar. While he is exceptionally friendly, he struggles with understanding the hidden rules of social interaction and is dependent upon the goodwill of other human beings to navigate the perils of life outside of home.
Jake, excited about his first day of 11th grade
Jake is lucky in that he attends a high school in a district that is phenomenal with supporting those with special needs. He participates in an outstanding organization, Best Buddies International, which creates opportunities for friendships for those with disabilities who might otherwise struggle, alone and misunderstood.
Unfortunately, the real world is not so insulated and certainly not always kind. As he gets older, behavior that might be deemed “cute” at age six is generally frowned upon when one is a teenager or adult. Jake enjoys introducing himself to strangers, with a big smile and random observations. He has about a 50/50 success rate with this, as some people smile and play along, while others give him a strange look and quickly move on. Although I’m getting used to it, I fret about how this will be perceived when he doesn’t have the safety net of his family around him to run interference as needed.
My fears intensified exponentially yesterday when I came upon a horrific story of the bullying and abuse from feminists heaped upon an autistic young man in Melbourne, Australia, for the “crime” of trying to be friendly, in his own, albeit awkward way (attempting to get “high fives”), while on a train ride. Using hashtags such as #feminism, #silentnomore, #hollaback, #streetharassment, #women, and #feministrant – a fellow female passenger took his picture and plastered it on the internet in a Facebook rant in which she referred to him as a “festering turd of a human being.”
It doesn’t end there. As of a couple of days ago, the post went viral – with 80,000 likes and countless thousands of shares. Violent threats and blistering abuse rained down upon the young man and his family, despite protests and pleas from people who actually knew him, explaining that he was mentally challenged and meant no harm.
According to Daily Mail Australia, “multiple sources have since told Daily Mail Australia that the man is a regular commuter along the city tram line who is reportedly autistic and 'wouldn't hurt a fly.’”
Eventually, the vitriolic post was taken down, but the damage is done. While shrill third-wave feminist harridans continually shriek about absurd “micro-aggressions” such as “man-spreading” and “stare rape” – they can’t take the log out of their own eye to see the enormous damage they inflict upon other human beings.
I’ve written before about the shameless, loathsome bully tactics of modern feminists, but this one might take the cake.
Well done, feminists, well done.
Just a gaggle of people from all over who have similar interests and loud opinions mixed with a dose of humor. We met on Twitter.