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Alicia Silverstone's Nutty New Parenting Book Is Anti-Vax, Anti-Diaper

Posted by on May. 8, 2014 at 5:50 AM
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Alicia Silverstone's Nutty New Parenting Book Is Anti-Vax, Anti-Diaper

I want to say, first of all, that I love Alicia Silverstone so much to death and I always will, and just thinking about her little Cher Horowitz face makes me feel as though an eternal golden summer is reigning in my heart. That said, some of the parenting advice she dispenses in her new book The Kind Mama: A Simple Guide to Supercharged Fertility, a Radiant Pregnancy, a Sweeter Birth, and a Healthier, More Beautiful Beginning (CATCHY) is sanctimonious bonk-bonk garbage.

The Daily Beast compiled some of Silverstone's more creative tips—for how to become what she calls a "kind mama"—including:

1. Your uterus is a "baby house" and if you eat meat and dairy then your baby is marinating in "toxic sludge."

2. Don't listen to the "pseudoscience" peddled by Big Diaper—all babies should just crawl around bottomless leaving little baby poo trails everywhere, and if you see a baby making its doodoo-face, grab it and hold it over the toilet real quick. Because "toxic sludge" is apparently not such a big deal when it's tracked all over your actual house. (Just have your maid clean it up later!)

3. You should pre-chew your child's food and then baby-bird it into their mouth. Like Alicia Silverstone literally does.

4. Not letting your child sleep with you and your partner and your other babies in the "Family Bed" is "tantamount to neglect."

5. Being vegan prevents and/or cures every single major and minor disease, including post-partum depression, and if you acquire any of said diseases it's because you are an unkind mama and also probably a fatty.

6. "Anecdotally," vaccines are baby-ruiners.

According to Drs. Roizen and Oz…While there has not been a conclusive study of the negative effects of such a rigorous one-size-fits-all, shoot-'em-up schedule, there is increasing anecdotal evidence from doctors who have gotten distressed phone calls from parents claiming their child was 'never the same' after receiving a vaccine. And I personally have friends whose babies were drastically affected in this way.

7. The vagina—or "chichi"—is "the most absorbent part of your body" (!?!?!?!), and tampons are murdering you from the inside.

8. Also she uses the word "yummy" a lot.

Now, here's the thing. I honestly believe that all of this is in good faith—I'm sure that Alicia Silverstone has a super fulfilling and "transcendent" relationship with her baby, and I'm sure that she genuinely wants to share her experiences with the world in hopes of helping other families be as radiant and balanced and "natural" as they can be. I think it's fantastic if she wants to do the poo-trail thing and the pre-chewing thing and the co-sleeping thing; they're not what I plan to do with my own children but I find Silverstone's quirky, beaming sincerity completely charming. And I mean that—I don't think there is one "right" way to be a parent. Unlike some people.

However. Back-handedly blaming suicidal mothers for their own illnesses because they didn't eat enough rainbow chard—in flippant terms like "though it's less common among kind mamas, some women experience the blues after giving birth"—is shockingly tone-deaf and not very "kind" at all. And spreading hysterical misinformation about vaccines (even if you're just criticizing vax schedules and not shilling a direct vaccine-to-autism connection) might not seem like a big deal to families that can afford high-quality out-of-pocket medical care, but it is a very big, life-and-death deal to the low-income and immunocompromised.

Other than that, aces. Carry on. I'll be over here mucking out my baby house!

http://jezebel.com/alicia-silverstones-nutty-new-parenting-book-is-anti-va-1566382435/all

by on May. 8, 2014 at 5:50 AM
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Momof21991
by Member on May. 8, 2014 at 6:25 AM
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I don't even understand why people place so much faith in the words of celebrities these days.

rsmom2511
by Member on May. 8, 2014 at 7:15 AM
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Agreed. Remember when Jenny McCarthy claimed she could cure her sons autism and everyone jumped on the bandwagon. Then she later found out he never had autism but some other diagnosis??! Lol... Or Tom Cruise deciding that he was now a medical expert and there is no such thing (according to Dr Tom) as post partum depression?! Crazy!!

Quoting Momof21991:

I don't even understand why people place so much faith in the words of celebrities these days.

meriana
by Platinum Member on May. 8, 2014 at 7:25 AM
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I find it somewhat amusing that these celebrities, upon the birth of their first child, suddenly become experts on every aspect of pregnancy and parenting.  As for those who take what is in them seriously simply because some celebrity wrote it, I honestly don't know if it's funny or frightening.

coolmommy2x
by Silver Member on May. 8, 2014 at 7:29 AM
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Not a huge fan of sanctimommies.
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romalove
by Roma on May. 8, 2014 at 7:29 AM
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Bless her kind mama heart.
1L2CMommy
by Member on May. 8, 2014 at 7:33 AM
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Anyone who takes anything other than acting advice from actors,is an asshole.
VooDooB
by weird cheese on May. 8, 2014 at 7:59 AM
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"Hang on, let me send a PM to Jesus so he can join this name calling ignorance ...he's into that these days ...at least according to his peeps."
- sak

pixie-buttercup
by Member on May. 8, 2014 at 8:07 AM
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Ironically 99% of celebrity children are raised by multiple nannies.....yet their parents become experts on child rearing. 

Quoting meriana:

I find it somewhat amusing that these celebrities, upon the birth of their first child, suddenly become experts on every aspect of pregnancy and parenting.  As for those who take what is in them seriously simply because some celebrity wrote it, I honestly don't know if it's funny or frightening.


momtoscott
by Platinum Member on May. 8, 2014 at 8:48 AM

Blech.  

AdrianneHill
by Platinum Member on May. 8, 2014 at 8:53 AM
She is literally raising her kid as though she's in a pre modern society. She forgets that as soon as people were able to quit living that way, they immediately quit living that way. It's so funny to see people insist on going things the way great great great grand mother would have done it when she would have totally handed over whatever task they felt was kinder to grab our convenience. Chances are she needed to use that extra time to beat rattlesnakes to death with her apron.

Eta: the diaper thing and the food thing are still practiced in parts of the world where western consumerism hasn't reached complete concentration. As soon as these women learn they don't have to be peed or pooped on every day for almost a year, they're gonna jump at it. I mention it because China is learning about extended diaper time, only used now very the extremely young baby. I hope they have a lot of hippies using cloth because that would be a lot of plastic diapers
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