Amanda Duberman of the Huffington Post, in her article 8 Things America Gets Wrong About Sex, 04/07/2014, uses the above title “We Have a Schizophrenic Relationship with Porn” to describe an aspect of American sexual disfunction.
Given the degree of cognitive dissonance Americans have about sex, it’s no surprise that we’re equally conflicted about filming and watching other people do it. As the fourth largest consumer of porn globally, America both consumes pornography and vilifies those who star in it.
But surely, those who claim the most traditional views on sex and porn are least likely to consume it, right? The numbers suggest otherwise: A 2009 Harvard Business School study found that porn consumption is highest in conservative red states.
If she thinks that people who vilify porn and also watch it are hypocrites, she should use the term hypocritical in her title to stigmatise people who choose to say one thing and do another, or perhaps the term sex addict, and not the term, schizophrenic which is a stigmatic way to describes people who suffer, through no fault of their own, from the serious neurological condition, known as schizophrenia.
In doing so, Amanda Duberman, and the Huffington Post use the word, schizophrenia, to cast a bad light on the people suffering from this condition. Duberman and the Huffington Post (again) qualify as Neurofools.
In the past, I have equated neurofoolish acts with not just stigma, but hate. Why do people repeatedly ridicule those least likely to defend themselves? By the frequency, one might say it is like an uncontrollable Tourette Syndrome. However, if one did say that, he would succomb to the very same language that defines a neurofool: using a medical condition to mock or criticize something completely unrelated.
Perhaps only someone suffering from Tourette’s or Schizophrenia, or their relatives or friends, would be offended from reading the above article. But nevertheless, the stigma takes on a life of its own.
It is a tangled web we weave. But that is the point, to be aware and sensitive, and make a conscious choice.
Ars Technica criticizes Apple’s IPhone’s policy regarding which third-party software applications are fit for distribution—rejecting on the basis of limited functionality, ones like “Both Pull My Finger” that makes farting noises and “Cool O’ Meter, that measures how “cool” your are; while paradoxically accepting in their App Store many others that flip virtual coins, pop virtual shipping bubbles, or serve you virtual beer.
Unfortunately, Mr. Foresman uses the term “schizophrenia” (a serious medical condition that many patients suffer from) to disparagingly headline a computer company’s marketing techniques, as well as includes the phrase “driving developers crazy”. This attitude is cruel, careless, clueless, and perpetuates stigma. Therefore, Ars Technica qualifies as a Neurofool.
Taking the company view, the first published commenter states; “Apple is [being] pretty schizo.” Evidently, stigma and hatred are contagious.
Ars Technica (which has 171,000 likes on facebook) is a technology news and information website created by Ken Fisher and Jon Stokes in 1998. It publishes news, reviews and guides on issues such as computer hardware and software, science, technology policy, and video games. Many of the site’s writers are postgraduates, and some work for research institutions. Articles on the website are written in a less formal tone than those in traditional journals.
On March 5, 2010, Ars Technica experimentally blocked readers who used Adblock Plus—one of several computer programs that stop advertisements from being displayed in their browser—from viewing the website. Fisher estimated 40% of the website’s readers had the software installed at the time. The next day, the block was lifted. WIKI
If Ars Technica followed their own stigmatic logic regarding changing one’s mind or sending mixed messages, I suppose they would consider themselves neurologically challenged. But I doubt they would call themselves “schizo”.
That’s what actor, Jeffrey Donovan, of television series, Burn Notice, said sarcastically, mockingly, and disparagingly when he answered a phone call from an adversary. I watched a rerun of the show last night (actually morning am) Feb 1, 2014.
What he meant to say (and accomplished by his tone) was: “aren’t you an idiot?”
Hence, good-looking, smooth-talking, slow-walking, television star, special spy agent, Jeffrey Donovan along with Burn Notice qualify as Neurofools for addressing what should be considered a serious medical illness in a hateful, mocking way.
Why does Hollywood and all the beautiful people keep putting down citizens who suffer from serious mental or neurological conditions?
It is not funny. Is it?
The guy on the right is Robert Beaver, CEO of Zazzle which is recognized as one of the hottest Silicon Valley companies. He offers tee-shirts, lots of them, like:
and don’t forget:
It’s oh, so funny, and makes lots of money. Multi-millions. Roger Beaver’s goal, I believe, is to spread his huge company, located in Redwood City, California, across the world, much like Walmart.
Some tee-shirts join the fight against stigma, and why not, there is money on all sides. What a businessman! Raise people up, ridicule them, and above all, reap a profit.
Here is a post:
MoodyOnes Got Seroquel?
TshirtsGot Seroquel? You know what I’m taking about LOL.
Robert Beaver qualifies as a NEUROFOOL, for participating in the ridicule of people suffering form neurological conditions, and for profiting off of their misfortune.
But at least he has powerful friends. This is his son, Jeff Beaver:
Besides glorifying psychopathic behavior, this movie, directed by Martin Scorsese, uses the R-word and mocks people with cerebral palsy.
In one scene, actor Leonardo DiCaprio, playing white-collar, Wall Street, criminal Jordan Belfort, compares his behavior after an overdose of Quaaludes to having cerebral palsy. After OD-ing on Quaaludes at a country club, Jordan crashes so hard he calls it a “cerebral palsy” high.
In another scene, DiCaprio talks with his sleazy sidekick, Azoff (the guy that asks about his Jaguar), and Azoff responds to the rumor that he married his first cousin with: “he couldn’t let anyone else sleep with her AND that if they were to have a retarded child, he would “drive north and let it loose in the woods.”
WOLF has been criticized by The Arc.org (For People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities) and Disability Scoop.com
Sorry, Leonardo, you are a Neurofool. Same for Martin Scorsese. Sometimes, Hollywood does not care who it hurts.
American Sniper (copyright 2012) The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in American History, by Chris Kyle
Army Sniper Team (above) in Afghanistan (Wiki Commons) although Chris Kyle was a Navy Seal Sniper, in Iraq. Chris recorded at least 150 kills, mostly in Iraq. He served four tours of duty.
In his best selling book, Chris wrote, regarding building a protective concrete buffer wall through Sadr City, Iraq:
“The city around us was schizophrenic. You’d have ordinary civilians going about their business, selling things, going to market, whatever. And then you’d have guys with guns trying to sneak up on the side streets and attack the soldiers putting up the wall.”
Chris Kyle is a neurofool for his use of the word schizophrenic—comparing Sadr City to people who suffer from schizophrenia—ordinary people who suddenly try to kill you. Such descriptions are very stigmatizing to people who suffer from mental illness.
The U.S.Navy also is a neurofool for not treating Chris’s PTSD, evident in the book, when he wrote of bar fights, drinking, and his stressed marriage. He purportedly said he punched out former governor and Navy Seal Jesse Ventura in a bar. Ventura is suing Chris’s widow for defamation.
Chris was shot and murdered in 2013 when he returned home, on a gun range, by another veteran, likely suffering from PTSD.
Yes, indeedy, George Orwell, author of novels 1984 and Animal Farm, is a Neurofool for his statement: “All issues are political issues, and politics itself is a mass of lies, evasions, folly, hatred, and schizophrenia,” in his 1946 article, Politics and the English Language.
Orwell uses the word schizophrenia to equate people suffering from a serious mental challenge with politicians who purposely lie and hate. This is an extremely stigmatic view.