Chelsea can’t come to the AI today. She is feeding ninjas strawberry cupcakes on a secluded island because (as I am sure you have noticed) the Skepchicks have been the target of some stone throwing in recent days.
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It’s quite sad really. In the absence of evidence or credible research to discuss, the people at Age of Autism have resorted to name calling and vicious behavior.
Coincidentally, I had an email conversation with the editor of Age of Autism, Kim Stagliano on June 10th, 2010. At the time they had used one of my photos of (ironically) a Free-Thinker pendant I made on their blog without my permission and I politely asked them to remove it. We ended up having a nice conversation about vampires and yes, autism and vaccines. I tried to encourage her to have an open and friendly dialog between her group and the skeptics. I offered to be a liaison between the skeptics and her group. I even offered to take her out to lunch. Seriously.
At the time she seemed receptive but apparently, she wasn’t interested. She’d much rather make fun of our blog, our avatars, photos and families and allow us to be called “Skeptics with a silent K” and the “Dorkosphere.” I won’t bother mentioning the truly vicious comments being made about Elyse on their facebook page because it’s not worth being said again. All this because our community spoke up to stop their fear mongering ad.
So why am I even bringing this up, yet again? Because I have a hard time letting go when I feel like me or my friends and family have been unjustly attacked. I tend to dwell and fester on the injustice. Eventually, I turn these feelings into art projects but it often takes me a while to get to the point where I can communicate my angst. And honestly, I’m annoyed. I offered to communicate. I’m not hiding behind a “cute avatar.” I’m not a shill for some big pharma conspiracy. You know who I am and you have my email, Kim.
So what should I do Skepchick readers? Should I go for a run? Drink champagne? Paint a portrait? Make a ceramic army of strawberry-cupcake-eating-ninja-Surlies? What do YOU do to let go?
The Afternoon Inquisition (or AI) is a question posed to you, the Skepchick community. Look for it to appear Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 3pm ET.