Dear Alicia Silverstone: You Are Clueless!

3 years ago

Dear Ms. Silverstone:  

Firstly, I would like to say that I don't like to name-call and I'm not really a snarky person by nature, but since you are an actress made famous by the popular teen movie "Clueless!", I couldn't help but to capitalize on using the adjective to describe what I think you've become. You are also a mommy now and now you have added the title "author" to your repertoire with your new book "The Kind Mama: A Simple Guide To Supercharged Fertility, A Radiant Pregnancy, A Sweeter Birth, And A Healthier, More Beautiful Beginning". Phew! That sure made for a run-on sentence with that book title, which currently 'boasts' a 2 out of 5 star rating on Amazon...ouch. Back to the 'clueless' thing: I am sad to see that Jenny McCarthy may have found successor in you as the new anti-vaccine celebrity spokesperson, as I saw in your new book (which I haven't read, by the way) that you write the following regarding vaccines:

“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."

Oh, Ms. Silverstone. I emphasized "anectodal evidence" in your quote, because that's all it is! The very definition means: "not necessarily true or reliable, because based on personal accounts rather than facts or research". End of story.

I have also learned that you are advocate for elimination communication and your son started potty training at 6 months, and while it's not for me and my kids, if it works for you---great! But a family's choice to not vaccinate directly affects other children and I wish you would rethink your stance on vaccinations, as your celebrity influence and Facebook following alone is well over 300K followers, surely you are bound to twist some rubber arms. I have read that your 2-year-old son has never had a vaccine and that he has not received any medicine other than "natural" remedies because you are of the 'chemical-free' mindset. 

Speaking of chemical-free, I also see you think that tampons cause infertility and that a woman's "chichi" (a slang term you use for a vagina) is the most absorbent part of her body, and we all could be risking our fertility because of "potential pesticide residues from non-organic cotton and the ‘fragrances’ containing hormone-upsetting, fertility-knocking phthalates that are snuggling up to your hoo-ha.” Oh, Alicia (may I call you Alicia?), if you would kindly just do some research like I did you will see that the FDA’s risk assessment indicates that this exposure [specifically regarding dioxins] is many times less than normally present in the body from other environmental sources, so small that any risk of adverse health effects is considered negligible. 

I am all for people raising their children whatever way suits their families the best. I see you are vegan and that you care greatly for the environment and go to great lengths to be eco-friendly. But slamming other peoples' food choices stating that we are exposing our uteruses to "toxic sludge" if we eat dairy and meat, is just plain unnecessary (and also not true, by the way).

And just one more thing, among much more that I could say, I am very grateful to not have suffered any form of post-partum depression, Ms. Silverstone, but I take great offence to your statement regarding post-partum depression and the baby blues: "though it’s less common among kind mamas, some women experience the blues after giving birth." You are setting up your community of "kind mamas" to feel like failures if they become post-partum depressed. I, for one, will not be taking any advice regarding fertility, pregnancy, and post-partum care from you, Alicia Silverstone!

Sincerely,

Sarah Schultz
A Not-So-Kind Mama

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