Feminist Gawker blog Jezebel is one of the dumbest places on the internet – in part for giving a platform to Anna Merlan, one of the dumbest people on the internet. Along with defending mercury in vaccines as “not toxic to humans” in stark contradiction of its own labeling as well as wiping the crocodile tears of a woman who tried to censor a film she never saw, Merlan also defended the notoriously false UVA “rape” story that was subsequently retracted. Yet despite calling journalists questioning the piece “idiots,” she somehow remains employed at Gawker even while the company is being sued into bankruptcy for libel. Apparently, Merlan is the best blogger big pharma can find on such short notice while its go-to guy Seth Mnookin is at risk of a relapse after losing his old platform and being called a shill in so many words by the founder of Salon.com.
How appropriate that someone who associates with third-wave feminism which grossly exaggerates sexual assault statistics and that fabricates the myth of a gender wage gap would also push junk science claiming that vaccines don’t cause autism. And how perfect that she believes exonerated British doctor Andrew Wakefield is a conspiracy theorist yet also believes in a “patriarchy” (think all-male illuminati).
It should hardly be a surprise to anyone then that Anna Merlan would rush to the defense of one Fiona O’Leary who operates the autism treatment-hating, neurodiversity-loving “Autistic Rights Together” practically out of her basement. She opposes any kind of treatments for autism on the pretense that they’re “dangerous” and intend to wipe out autistic people themselves, even though the real risk to autistic kids is their autism. Yet in an utter stroke of irony, Merlan called O’Leary an “autistic rights” activist.
Neurodiversity – like feminism and other social justice cancers – ignores basic facts in favor of personal prejudice. Change a few key words and there is no real difference between feminism and neurodiversity; they are two sides of the same coin. They thrive off of victim-playing and cry-bullying and believe that some peoples’ feelings rank higher than others on the hierarchy of victimhood.
When a 12-year-old child made a viral video intended to mock people who watched their children crash into autism after vaccines, Anna Merlan wrote a long-winded post praising the “budding scientist” whom “anti-vax activists are trying to dox.” Even when Autism Investigated decided to respond with satire of the media’s calling the boy a “scientist,” the same folks who got a huge laugh out of his video at others’ expense suddenly accused Autism Investigated of doing the same to him that he did to others. Time and time again, Merlan’s ilk show they can dish it out but cannot take it.
In 2012, the then-future founder of Autism Investigated was shut out of a talk given by millionaire vaccine industrialist liar Paul Offit. The feminist Melody Hensley who followed his orders would later claim that Twitter gave her PTSD. Her internet presence may be gone, but feminists like Merlan prove that there will always be those willing to take Hensley’s place and cash in on the crocodile tears. A woman like Merlan who pushed a notoriously false story about an alleged rape on a college campus is a perfect ally for a pharma-funded government adviser like Offit who lies about vaccine dangers periodically.