Saturday, 11 June 2011

Presumptive assumptions

Don't poke the bear, don't take the bait, not playing, avoiding the un-winable.

I am a very outspoken vaccine awareness advocate.  Vaccines are a touchy subject no matter which side of the fence you are on and it is amazing how heated a conversation can get....especially when it is a written conversation on Facebook.  It is so much easier to run with what you have assumed people mean because there is no tone of voice, facial expression or physicality to give it context.  It is a difficult subject to discuss without feeling judged.

As outspoken as I am I avoid making statements of judgement of the 'other side of the fence'. I post articles and studies but I never make blanket statements about the article in relation to YOU.  We all make decisions as parents based on what we know and we can always learn more which is where I am coming from as a poster of information.  What you do with it is up to you and none of my business.

Facebook is a wonderful form to express your opinion on a myriad of subjects but I have been endlessly stumped by the pro-vax stance of thinking my view is just stupid and uneducated.  There is never an addition of information to prove their stance, it is just a personal assault on me, my parenting and my opinion.  There are snide comments that my opinions are formed based on the press on Jenny McCarthy....yes, years of study and an IQ that has landed me a Mensa membership but I base my children's health on the 'teachings' of Jenny McCarthy?......that would be like me saying that you choose to vaccinate your kids because of the episode of the Muppet Show when Dr. Bunsen Honeydew chased Beaker around with a huge needle. How would you feel if I HONESTLY felt that that is how seriously you took this choice? That's stupid.  And really why would you want to even be friends with someone that stupid? I don't.

It is a wonderful world that we are allowed to have different opinions and can safely express them. I would love to hear yours and especially why you have that opinion and what made you make the choice you did but if your only opinion is that my opinion is stupid....well that is uneducated and stupid and let's just keep that to yourself

1 comment:

Ajax said...

If there's one thing you've got spades of, it's honesty. Fair points, all.

But you're stupid.

Not because of your vaccine stance, mind you.

Just because you're a woman.