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As Seen On Facebook | This is something of a plea and a thank you… I’ve been processing some big thinks with regarding rumblings in online Autistic communities about recent material by Eve Reiland @BadassActivist … via Katherine Erebus

This is something of a plea and a thank you.

I’ve been processing some big thinks with regarding rumblings in online Autistic communities about recent material by Eve Reiland #BadassActivist.

Eve publically reposted material from a closed Facebook.Group. Normally I would have huge reservations about the breach of trust that implies, but it was an undermoderated group, with open insta-join membership settings, so any illusion of Privacy was a bit wishful.

Her hope was to illustrate, stigmatise, and end the normalisation of hate rants from parents about their Autistic children. She has received … CRITICISM (is that what you call violent hate mail?) about having breached contract and confidence by republishing material from a “private” Safe Space (which it wasn’t).

I wouldn’t have the balls, or the will, to “break the rules” like that, but Eve is a messy fighter and good at making a lot of noise when she sees incredible Injustice. I think her heart is in the right place.. and sometimes you need to be mindfully insolent to agitate action and dialogue. I’m thankful for the noisier, meaner boat-rockers who start the conversations. …

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By Eve Reiland

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2 replies on “As Seen On Facebook | This is something of a plea and a thank you… I’ve been processing some big thinks with regarding rumblings in online Autistic communities about recent material by Eve Reiland @BadassActivist … via Katherine Erebus”

I wish cooler heads like Katherine’s had been the ones to initiate contact with this parents’ group. I haven’t actually seen anything I’d call hate speech or normalization of hate crimes in the screen shots Ms. Reiland has posted. Still, I remember many years ago making the conscious decision to affiliate myself with other parents who refused to see themselves as victims. I’m very sure that’s kept me alive. When I’m regularly being beaten by my own child (who is not able to control himself) and not able to sleep and told to institutionalize him, thinking of myself as a victim does not help him or me. And yet… Diving headlong into an exposition of the rants of parents who made different choices is so, so risky. Provoking people who are already completed depleted and who are responsible for such vulnerable children is just so reckless. It doesn’t take courage to break the rules, it just takes a hot head, a lack of impulse control, and perhaps an outsized ego. Even if, as has been said, these parents really are engaging in hate speech, I am afraid Ms. Reiland has done more harm than good. Emergency personnel know that people without training and the proper temperament can easily make a bad situation fatal, despite their best intentions. It is so much easier to hurt than help if you don’t have the humility and the patience to think things through and get help from people who know what they’re doing. The whole thing is such a crying shame. I feel for Ms. Reiland and anyone who has been abused. It appears, however, that she is acting out at these parents in part out of anger at those who abused her. That would be better worked out with a therapist and has no place in effective activism. And I also do feel for these parents. From their comments, they appear to be in hellish situations without support. Ms. Reiland does have support or she would certainly not be able to parent effectively. I can see that she is not in a state of mind that she can reach out to them in a compassionate way. But someone should. And now they can’t. Ms. Reiland has made that impossible to do without risking being exposed for doing so. That just isn’t praiseworthy in any way.

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Aw, bless her little heart, got her ass handed to her for being a spiteful attention seeker. If you think she cares about anyone but herself, you’re as stupid as the people who voted in Trump. You confuse cockiness with power. Her tactics are just like his.

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