Temple Grandin’s Mother really bad article

6 Aug

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

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7 Responses to “Temple Grandin’s Mother really bad article”

  1. Science Mom August 6, 2013 at 16:17 #

    Not a far cry from the ‘refrigerator mother’ nonsense. What an insulting, crude and vile essay by Ms. Cutler.

  2. jonathan August 6, 2013 at 16:38 #

    I don’t agree with Matt Carey on a whole lot, but this is one topic in which we are in total agreement.

  3. Lindsay August 6, 2013 at 21:11 #

    That’s horrible!

    She’s clearly never talked to any autistic men; I haven’t encountered a single one online who thinks of himself as a child.

    (Also, I would be really freaked out if my mom wrote that! Like, I may not be a man, but I’d still wonder what she really thinks of me if that is what she thinks of men who share my diagnosis …)

  4. Kathryn August 8, 2013 at 11:20 #

    First of all, what research did Ms. Cutler do before writing this nonsense? She’s the mother of a female autistic (whose comments on the record can be construed as being asexual). What insight is this supposed to give Ms. Cutler on autistic men? All you have to do is drop in at WrongPlanet to know there are A LOT of autistic doods who want sexytimes with adult females. I have dated at least one man on the spectrum, and he did plenty of homework about adult female sexuality before dating me. I was well over the age of consent and looked older than I really was. Whether his peers posting on WrongPlanet about how to get laid have attitudes that would be attractive to adult females is something else, but it clearly shows attraction and impulses comparable to their non-autistic peers.

    I think a guy who has his own laptop and takes it to the repair shop himself is closer to the WrongPlanet demographic than he is to the demographic that is commonly presumed to have a mental age below puberty. I don’t know anyone with severe verbal challenges etc. well enough to ask who they’re attracted to (if anyone) but I wouldn’t make bizarre assumptions based on… what, exactly?

    A lot of her apologizers said she just wanted to draw attention to the lack of proper sex education for autistic men. Well, if that was what she wanted–rather than a witch-hunt against them as potential pedophiles–some editor should’ve told her it failed horribly. If she had mentioned the guy with pr0n on his laptop near the end of the story as a cautionary tale, that would one thing. But making this the headline? Eww. No. Wrong, and unimaginably uncaringly harmfully wrong.

  5. Saraquill August 8, 2013 at 23:27 #

    Who on earth was such nonsense considered publishable?

  6. stanley seigler August 9, 2013 at 18:21 #

    re: ‘Who on earth was such nonsense considered publishable?’

    publishable?…just another example of a clueless media re autism and so many other issues…further

    impossible to understand Ms. Cutler … didn’t she learn anything as the parent of an autistic child…is she in the advanced stages of dementia…

  7. pcdurbinwestby August 16, 2013 at 01:57 #

    Temple Grandin’s mother (Eustacia Cutler) has joined the parade of people who proclaim expertise about autism and use that “expertise” to suggest that Autistics have criminal proclivities. http://paulacdurbinwestbyautisticblog.blogspot.com/2013/08/a-disturbing-trend-we-cannot-ignore.html

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