FML's Crazy Parent Groups
If like me you enjoy going onto the internet to laugh at people's misfortunes and stupidity, well… you wouldn't be on FML. However, on the fringes of the world wide web, there's a subsection of weirdoes who have decided that they know better than actual specialists. You know the ones I mean. Usually parents, usually people who don't have to really worry about where their next meal is coming from, people who spend too much time thinking about THEIR right to CHOOSE instead of considering science and progress and… well, if you've made it so far without saying "Well, actually…", I'm preaching to the choir. For the rest of you, isn't it weird to you how people who don't have easy access to real medical supplies will walk miles to get them, instead of relying on crystals and essential snake oils?
I'm not judging. I'll let these examples of social media posts do the talking.
1 - Enema of the state
2 - Unravelled DNA is a new Heston Blumenthal dish
3 - SIDS of Christmas past
4 - Yeah, let's make our kid the school weirdo
5 - Sunscreen causes more skin cancer than the sun. Yes, people believe this.
6 - Nothing like a good conspiracy. Needs more chemtrails.
7 - Pregancy gatekeeping is also a thing. C-section birth = not a real mom.
8 - MY KIDS ARE MORE IMPORTANT THAN YOU
9 - The family that's gross together stinks together.
10 - You think someone would do that, just make shit up on the internet?
11 - Detoxing is bullshit, except with a potato
12 - Conspiracy part 2: the make-moms-work agenda
13 - I really hope this is satire
14 - You can now buy all sorts of things on Facebook
15 - Masterchef, Ironchef…
16 - Indoctrinate them as soon as possible
17 - Ignore doctors, let your kid suffer, then go to a quack
18 - Mom, you sound a bit psychotic
19 - What is it with ignoring doctors with these idiots?
20 - Let's tune into Sanity FM
21 - Casey Anthony had motherly instinct
22 - Harsh, but fair
23 - Best response I've seen so far
That's enough crazy for today. Phew.
I think the whole antivax crowd deserve another article of their own, so stay tuned.
There's no real way of knowing if some of these aren't satire, but if you hang around Reddit and lurk on some Facebook groups, you'll spot some of these in the wild.
Oh, and be warned, if you're thinking of clogging up the comments with your "informed research" on vaccinations and various bullshit fearmongering based on some dumb book or YouTube guru, they'll be removed. I can however recommend actual science-based channels, such as the ones run by Myles Power and Jeff Holiday.
Take care, my friends. And vaccinate your kids. And your pets. Because, yes, that's a thing, apparently.