Temple Grandin is arguably the most famous autistic alive. Her mother has recently written an article that I am at a loss for words in how to discuss. The article is “Autism and Child Pornography: A Toxic Combination”
It’s a disturbing trend we cannot ignore. Eustacia Cutler, mother of autism advocate Temple Grandin, on why autistic men are viewing child pornography—and being labeled sex offenders.
I am truly at a loss. Luckily Emily Willingham is not. At Forbes she has an article: Temple Grandin’s Mother Links Autism With Viewing Child Pornography which starts:
“It’s a disturbing trend we cannot ignore” begins what I can only describe as a hit piece on autistic men penned none other than Temple Grandin’s mother, Eustacia Cutler, for the Daily Beast.
With all due respect to Ms. Cutler, her article is just plain nonsense. It takes a bad premise (that there is a “trend” of autistic men watching child pornography) and then offers up explanations like this:
Though now equipped with a full-grown body and full-grown sexual drive, many ASD males are stuck emotionally at a prepubescent age. They look like grown men, but inside they’re only 10 years old. They don’t want adults to show them how sex is done; they want 10-year-olds to show them. Back in school when they were little and the other kids played “you show me yours and I’ll show you mine,” ASDs were left out. Now at last they’ve found a way to join the old childhood game and it’s with their trusty friend, the computer.
It is nonsense. Damaging and insulting nonsense. The editor of The Daily Beast failed in letting this through and Ms. Cutler owes a lot of people an apology.
By Matt Carey