J.B. Handley has decided that his organization aimed at peddling dangerous pseudoscience about vaccines didn’t make him enough of an asshole, so he decided that go for the tried and true way of proving douchebaggery: misogyny.
In case you missed the multiple smack-downs posted by some awesome science bloggers, here’s some background: Amy Wallace writes an article on how anti-vaccination loons (henceforth called antivaccaloons) are creating panic out of thin air and ignorance. J.B. Handley does his usual job of throwing shit at anyone criticizing him and takes it one step further by emailing Wallace some pretty fucked-up shit. Here have it straight from the horse’s (or rather horse fucker’s*) mouth:
Warning: discussion of rape and date-rape drugs
I often write and then re-write pieces. When I first wrote the piece about Ms. Wallace’s Wired article, which I wrote right after reading that horrible piece of shit, here is how it began:
Paul Offit Rapes (intellectually) Amy Wallace and Wired Magazine
By J.B. Handley
“The roofie cocktails at Paul Offit’s house must be damn good, I really don’t know how else to explain the intellectual rape that lead to the writing and printing of Wired magazine’s cover story on vaccines and autism that you can now read HERE…”
I was so amazed with the article. As a student of Paul Offit’s talking points for years, it was as if he had put his brain inside Ms. Wallace head and written the piece for her. As is often the case, I forwarded my essay, via email in advance, to Ms. Wallace the night before it ran.
In his defense he didn’t end up running the article, but then again in his defense this was his defense:
With some reflection, I decided that although “intellectual rape”, a relatively commonly used term, and “sexual rape” were very different things, the use of the word “rape” was ultimately in poor taste, would distract from the article, and would most certainly offend some readers, and could appear demeaning of women, which wasn’t remotely the intention of the piece or my words. So, I changed the article to the one you all have read, and then AoA ran it the next day. And, I sent Ms. Wallace, via email, the new piece.
Because you know using rape as a metaphor for what you perceive to be shoddy scholarship has absolutely nothing to do with “sexual rape”. It’s just that that word that’s the problem, not that fact that you’re trivializing a very real and horrific experience so you can insult someone — yeah fucking right.